On December the 2nd 2012, One of our friends 19 year old daughter was found dead after taking a lethal dose of Fentanyl. I personally had never heard of this drug. It is a prescription drug prescribed to those whom have terminal illnesses to relieve their pain, it is similar to morphine but much more potent.
I am not afraid to admit that I used to do drugs and I have been clean for 6 years. I know how easy it can be to become addicted...
Fentanyl has become a recreational drug, sold on the streets. It is a patch. A very easy addiction to hide. There is no smell, residue, just a patch and the packaging that can easily be destroyed.
Tina Espey, had been battling an addiction to Fentanyl and had overcome her addiction but on December 2nd relapsed and took a fatal dose that ended her life. Her parents have decided to speak out about this drug and make people aware of how deadly it is. They have opened their home to anyone that needs to talk.
We need to spread awareness about drug use. To take addiction as an illness and not just a careless action. No one is perfect, we are all different and there is such a shame directed towards drug users. It is an illness just like diabetes, MS, epilepsy. If you don't want to be judged, don't judge others.
Instead, if you suspect someone might be using drugs or abusing prescription drugs, do something about it! You may save their life. They need help, I can guarantee you they are ashamed, are not happy with who they are but they don't know what to do. It is a spiral downward that is almost impossible to do alone. Don't turn your back on someone because you suspect they might have an addiction. Would you want someone to turn their back on you if you were ill or had a problem?
Please spread the word....Stop....think....educate yourself....understand.....help.
Her drug dealer tried to contact her not knowing that she had died. Because the word is being spread, they were arrested and those drugs were taken off the streets. I know it isn't a permanent solution but if we spread the word and help a difference can be made. It starts with one person!
Here is some information. Again please share
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