“What in the world ever became of sweet Jane? She lost her sparkle, you know she isn’t the same. Living on reds, vitamin C and cocaine. All a friend can say is ain’t it a shame.”

For those wishing to hear this iconic Dead tune, click here and float away into a peyote induced state of mind…

Overdose. Suicide. Once the dead body of a junkie is found, the person is either deemed to have killed themselves or to have accidentally overdosed. Not much difference there, but while alive the difference becomes glaringly important. As it does for those that the dead leave behind.

Television shows like Intervention show us the downtrodden trying to either kick the habit or to kick their loved ones to the curb for trying to get them to kick the habit. You either want help, you want to help, or you want to die when hard drugs have become your escape from reality. Reality, what a concept! Well, for me, anyways, it sure beats death!

A drug addict's taxi

When a person becomes addicted to one of the more prevalent hard drugs, like cocaine, heroin, Oxycontin, methamphetamine and others, you can see the life drain out of them day by day. Beautiful women become scraggly looking street walkers within months of their first attempt to test the limits of drug abuse.

What in the world ever became of sweet Jane? She lost her sparkle, you know she isn’t the same.

It shows in your face, the way you walk, the way you talk and the way your eyes lose their sparkle that gives your drug addiction away. If you are addicted to hard drugs, it is only yourself that you’re fooling when you deny your problems. If life is so bad that you need rosy colored glasses to face the day, then there is a root problem that needs to be found and fixed.

Many times suicide can be blamed on depression or a chemical imbalance. Before following Kurt Cobain down death’s one-way street to Hell, come back to reality for just a week. You will find that there are people who care, who listen without passing judgement. Family is rarely the place to go when battling a major drug dependency, but a family doctor will set you on the path to where you need to be.

When all your family can say is “not again” and all your friends can say is “ain’t it a shame”, sometimes a stranger is better than a buoy in a high wind storm at sea to hold onto.  Most suicides are the result of depression. There are now drugs on the market for depression whose side effects include increased thoughts and tendencies towards suicide. And people want marijuana outlawed while these pharmaceutical companies run rampant? People don’t smoke pot and then go on a wild suicidal rampage. No, they grab a bag of Doritos and head for the couch.

All a friend can say is ain’t it a shame?

The chances are very good that you or someone you love has been affected by someone who is a hard drug addict. You/they either know someone who is addicted, or have had a bad encounter with one. From home invasions to break and enters, thefts to muggings, drug addicts will do anything for their next fix.


Lately, It Occurs to Me, What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been


Life. Sort of like Visa, you can’t live without it. No matter how dire the situation appears, there’s always a silver lining to be found somewhere.




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