Drug Addiction Stories
Accidental, but not uncommon
Actor Brad Renfro’s fatal overdose is a sad reminder that heroin use can lead to devastating consequences.
It’s an even sadder reminder that no matter how much money and resources are pumped into drug education programs, the message still doesn’t get out. It’s not like this is a new phenomenon. There are many drug addiction stories involving heroin and fame.
Renfro, who died on January 15, was only 25. Most young users seek the “rush” that the drug gives. People who use heroin regularly develop a tolerance to it and that leads to abuse. Abusers need more and more heroin to get the same “rush” and as the amount of heroin needed grows, the dependence on the drug takes hold. Addicts need the drug because their bodies have become used to the drug being present, as if it were supposed to be there in order for everything to function. The body can become fooled into thinking it “needs” the heroin. That is what leads to overdose.
We know about this young man’s death because he was famous, a child film star. But there are thousands whom we do not know, kids who have run away from home, or are looking for a thrill. Young people have that feeling of invincibility, with no real awareness of their own mortality. “It won’t happen to me.” Hospital emergency rooms deal with heroin every day. It does happen to you.
The Los Angeles coroner’s office said there was no foul play, but there was. The illegal manufacturing, distribution and sale of heroin is foul play. Heroin is highly addictive, and even with court-ordered drug rehabilitation in 2006, and three years of probation, the lure of the drug was too powerful for Renfro to resist.
Knowing the addictive and potentially deadly nature of heroin may not be enough to keep a young person from trying it for the first time. Perhaps Renfro was exposed to the D.A.R.E. Program (drug addiction resistance education), or something similar when he was in school. Entertainment icons like Janis Joplin came to an untimely end because of heroin. It’s been around. It’s nothing new. Yet the message is lost on some people.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction please enroll in a local drug addiction recovery program before it’s too late and the drug takes control! Drug addiction stories involving heroin generally have bad endings!