On Wednesday, I went with Brandon to Capital Public Radio where we were interviewed by Jeffrey Callison for Insight.
I have to admit, I had some reservations about a live -on-the-air interview.
Jeffrey turned to Brandon first, asking about the drug, and how he got into it. He said it was his elementary school experience with Vicodin, prescribed to him for a broken arm, that gave him his first taste of the effects. Elementary school.
Jeffrey asked, “What did it do for you that led you into addiction?”
“It’s kind of hard to describe the feeling.” Brandon said. “It just kind-of makes everything okay.”
How does a person who has discovered a pill that makes everything okay stop using that pill? That’s the American dream, isn’t it? To find a pill, an easy fix, a cure all, for our problems? Brandon found it. He took advantage of it.
Unfortunately, as Jeffrey later uncovered with his astute questioning, the pill has side effects. Everything is okay until you stop eating and stand 6’2”, 130 pounds. Okay until you turn away from your family, stepping on your parents’ throats, turn towards criminals, and even towards crime yourself.
One of Brandon’s final comments: “People start taking these drugs and then progressively it gets worse and then they have no idea what they’re in for. And that’s what you’re in for.”