America is in the middle of its deadliest drug crisis ever. With all the other news going on, it can be easy to lose track of this fact. But it’s true: In 2015, more than 52,000 people died of drug overdoses, nearly two-thirds of which were linked to opioids like Percocet, OxyContin, heroin, and fentanyl.
The norms of ordinary social convention include the expectation that adults respect each other’s rights to make their own decisions and maintain their individuality, even in close relationships. The closer the relationship, the more fluid are the lines that separate us from each other. However, most people still prefer that their intimate partners allow them to retain at least some privacy.
In December 2016, the New York Times ran the headline, “Drug 85 Times as Potent as Marijuana Caused a ‘Zombielike’ State in Brooklyn.” The article described a “mass casualty event” in which emergency medical service (EMS) workers were called to a Brooklyn intersection to aid “multiple people” shuffling about in a confused “zombielike” state.
Mike Smith, now 35, grew up around alcoholism and addiction, it was prevalent on his dad’s side of the family life, which he did not grow up around, so when he was around them he began using at twelve years old to fit in. Mike dreamt of becoming a marine biologist when he was a kid, and that dream was soon lost and replaced with using.
In a recent interview, Depeche Mode’s frontman, Dave Gahan, discussed how years ago his heart stopped for minutes after an overdose. “This was a reminder of how hitting bottom before changing is often a fallacy. Haven’t you often heard many people declare... “you have to hit bottom before you change.”