Can You Tell if It's a Fake?
USA — July 13, 2018
Opioid dependence is a real scourge in the U.S. None of us are shielded from this disaster or its ramifications.
Michelle Garcia decided to make people think about the seriousness of the situation by demonstrating the devastating impact of these drugs using her own sad, personal example.
Garcia posted photos on her Facebook account of her heroin and methamphetamine addicted son..
Michael is only 20-years-old, but he is not a blooming young man. He is, in fact, a very rough and weary-looking man who was kicked out of the house and forced to live on the streets.
Garcia decided not to hide her child, so that other people, looking at him, would realized what a chasm of grief one could fall into if they give in to the temptation of a light buzz.
This photo is a healthy young man.
This is what became of him now.
“This is my son. He just turned 20. He is addicted to meth and heroin and lives on the streets of the Tower District. I’m not posting these to glorify or exploit him in anyways. He's fully aware I have taken pictures of him and is ok with me posting to bring out awareness of what the streets and addiction REALLY look like. This is also to bring awareness to the opiate epidemic that is very real and very strong in our city in our children's lives and families’ lives. It is actually becoming worse every 6 months or so and the outcome is scary. Now addicts are faced with tainted drugs that are laced with fentanyl and that are killing people at a rapid rate. Michael suffers from what is called a dual diagnosis. Meaning he has schizophrenia and drug addiction both of which he is scared to battle. Keep your eyes and ears open to communication with your children and the ones you love. I would never want any other parent to watch their child the way that I've had to watch Michael go through this disease.
This has been a huge part of my life for some time now and felt I needed to share. I just saw him this morning. He was waiting for me outside a coffee shop. I cried as he layed there, he must of spent the night, and felt so overwhelmed with life at that moment. My heart is broken in so many ways with all of life's events recently. Also I have made this public so it can be shared to spread the awareness,” wrote a desperate mother.
This message encourages young people to think before trying to take up the needle.