I'll start off by saying that heroin is a horrible drug and I do truly feel sorry for those struggling through addiction and the families dealing with the heartache of loving an addict...
But the coddling and defending needs to stop.
Dirty needles and empty packets get thrown on the ground carelessly. Dogs and children are put at risk, but these addicts don't care.
EMTs and Police Officers are put at risk while attempting to help addicts.
Children are exposed to overdoses in public areas.
But still, people come in droves to defend the addicts. They say it's a disease. That the addicts are the victims.
I personally am sick so seeing these people being defended when they are hurting children, pets, and first responders. Not to mention the ones who have no fear of nodding out in public or shambling around like a zombie drooling on themselves around children. Or the ones RAISING children like this. Or the ones robbing, stealing, and even killing just to get a fix.
This needs to stop. People need to stop enabling the addicts. Stop telling them it's okay to do what they're doing.
When they cross the line from harming only themselves to harming others around them, it is time to see them for what they are - a menace.
Even if the addict hasn't stolen anything or doesn't toss harmful items on the ground... Guess what? They're still a bad person.
If you're lying awake at night crying over your loved one's third relapse, fifth overdose, or even their drug related death... NEWS FLASH! They aren't the victim. YOU ARE.
See the situation for what it is. Your loved one made a CHOICE and CONTINUES TO MAKE THE CHOICE that getting high is more important than the children, pets, or first responders they may or do harm. Getting high is more important to them than respecting someone else's property or safety.
And if you have lost someone or are currently afraid of losing someone to heroin... I'm sure it's a lot easier for you to keep thinking that it's not their fault and they're just suffering from a disease that they can't control... But the truth is that they didn't/don't care about you. You're just another victim in their path towards getting high.
See them for how they are. A menace.
If we stop telling addicts that they're doing nothing wrong and it's not their fault then maybe they'll actually fix themselves and get clean.
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