Local mom encourages community education on heroin abuse | Letter

Feb 25, 2016

Editor, The Beacon:

Please watch the PBS show “FRONTLINE: Chasing Heroin” at www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/chasing-heroin/.

Also, please listen to this song called “American Dreams” at https://soundcloud.com/recordin-gordon/americandreams.

This song deals with subject matter that is NOT easy to hear. Heroin addiction is rampant in every community.

I am proud of my son’s work on this project and support of his friend – a former addict who is now in recovery – who wrote the lyrics that my son, Nick, so poignantly sings.

I recall a family get together in a small town in the Midwest. A cousin spoke about his school drug program and kids from “typical” families – not just street kids and junkies. These are school kids that start off with OTC prescription medications and transition into the street drugs like heroin because it is so readily available.

Our family lost two members to heroin addition, both died young and left behind children and a family that still grieves the loss.

Nick’s father struggled with alcohol and drugs as well, and the stroke that ended his life at 53 was probably drug related. We know he was using at the time he died.

Nick has chosen sobriety his entire life, because of his dad and other close friends who struggle with addiction.

Please feel free to share these links with others.


Kathy Passage

Edmonds, WA


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