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I lost multiple friends to opioids, and the deaths won’t stop while the system creates crises to sell ‘solutions’

17 9 20

American communities are being ravaged by so-called “deaths of despair” as the life expectancy of Americans is beginning to drop. Young people are seeing their friends fall out and die around them; those shining few among them that angrily screamed the anthems of the so-called end of history – Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, for one famous example – are dead from their own despair just like the others they knew. Growing up and spending most of my life in Kentucky, I’ve experienced this despair firsthand and seen its effects.

I remember where I was when I got the call that my best friend in the world, Nick, passed away. Nick fought a long battle with heroin addiction; it seemed he was just about to win, but succumbed right at that critical juncture after he was released from a court-ordered rehabilitation program. I can still feel these moments so deeply and they’ve changed everything for me, making me realize how fleeting life really is. Nick left us at the age of 21.

This wasn’t the first time I had to deal with this kind of situation, but it certainly was the closest one. In high school, a friend of mine, Johnny, was killed by a drunk driver after leaving a party some friends and I had organized. Nick was one of those friends that was there and he was standing next to Johnny when he was struck and killed. He was only 18.

A year before Nick died, another friend from my high school who graduated a few years ahead, Corey, was gunned down in Cincinnati. He was apparently on a heroin binge and tried to rob a dealer because he didn’t have enough money. Trying to seek help after being shot, he drove to a bank and frantically banged on the door. He died at the age of 22 in the arms of the friend who was with him, Jacob, before help could arrive.

Jacob himself died soon after from a heroin overdose only six days before his 21st birthday. According to some friends, the person who was with him at the time didn’t call the police out of fear of criminal charges. That person is now in an assisted living home at the age of 26 after suffering brain........

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