A number of the kids I graduated high school with are dead, in jail, or in rehab from heroin.
I’m friends on Facebook with those who stopped using. They post about sober anniversaries, featuring pics of Narcotics Anonymous coins in upturned palms. And I notice when they stop posting. It means they’re no longer incentivized to share the current version of themselves, which usually means they’re back to using.
Many relapsed addicts go dark on social media, and turn to a place where they can share things they don’t want anyone to know: Google.
Every year, approximately 900,000 Americans tell…
In 2014, two 18-year-old roommates in Grand Forks, North Dakota, named Bailey Henke and Kain Schwandt, were unraveling from opioid addictions. Over Christmas vacation, they took a road trip, trying to kick their habits. They brought along Suboxone, a drug that helps ease withdrawal. And it seemed to work. They both came home clean.
Within days, though, they relapsed. A friend procured a dozen grams of heroin and a gram of fentanyl — both bought from the now defunct darknet site Evolution. This fentanyl wasn’t the pharmaceutical-grade version that had been around for decades. Rather, it was made thousands of…
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