This picture was posted by Meagan Johnson on social media. In the picture is her sister, Kelly. Kelly died from a heroin overdose. This is the reality of heroin use. I feel compelled to share with you the words that Meghan wrote to accompany this picture.
“This image is forever engraved in my brain. I didn’t just lose my sister from an overdose; I sat with her for three days while she was hooked up to all these machines helping her breath and keeping her heart beating.
For three days I begged her to wake up.
For three days I told her how bad I needed her and begged her not to die on me.
The last thing she ever did was stick a needle in her arm. I know if she could go back she would have got clean and would have saved herself and my family from this nightmare. But now it’s too late and so many lives have been changed forever because of it.
This picture is for everyone who is thinking about using just one more time. Please, don’t put your family through what mine had to go through. Please be strong and don’t pick up. Life is hard, it’s full of pain and heartache, and heroin will make things better in the moment, but in the end they will ALWAYS get ten times worse.
You might think you have it under control, but you don’t. Heroin will ruin your life and then it will take it from you, and if you don’t believe me then you are lying to yourself.
Even if you don’t use yourself, if you suspect someone around you is using please, please don’t stay silent. Speak up, even if your friend gets mad at you; speak up, because it could save a life. And I promise you, no matter how angry they get with you, one day they will thank you for helping them when they couldn’t help themselves.
Heroin is killing our generation, ruthlessly and relentlessly, it will take your brother, your sister, your child, and your friends. So please, if you think you are helping someone by keeping their secrets and not telling anyone about their drug use, you are being part of the problem, not the solution.
Heroin kills. It doesn’t care if you have a mother or a father, or siblings waiting at home for you. If you use heroin, it will eventually kill you, and then you will never be able to go home and see your friends and family ever again.”
Meagan is not from Somersworth but I know of several families that live right here in the city, that have been through the same agony. Meghan took the brave decision to share this picture and her words in the hope that it might make a difference, to someone, anyone.
I’m sharing them with you, in the hope that you will see this drug for what it is: a stone cold killer.
Even if you have no compassion for the addict, it’s the families that often pay the price of addiction. They are the ones left to pick up the pieces. The ones left fighting on the front line, often alone with little, if any help.
This is the reality of heroin use, and this is the true face of a drug that is here in Somersworth, right now.