I take calls all the time from parents who are in the throes of addiction and I learn so much while I give them an anonymous shoulder to cry on or just someone to talk to who will not judge them. I tell the story in my book, The Addict Among Us, of the first call I ever received. It was from a single parent, the mom of a twenty year-old heroin addict. I talked with her for about an hour as I circled the pool in my back yard. Her son, like mine, started on prescription pain killers that he got from a friend, but several years had passed, and now he had spent all the money he could find, steal, or con, and was injecting heroin. She had no idea that a prescription drug could lead to heroin. Many prescription pain killers are, in fact, basically the same drug as heroin.
Thankfully, the word is starting to spread, as this article in USA Today reveals. I only hope that action follows.
You can listen to my interviews with activists helping to promote this cause, including the producers of the award winning Behind the Orange Curtain, here, on Voice of America’s Afflicted by Addiction.