Another Senseless Death from Drug Addiction
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Gary L. Clark is an author. After a thirty year career he retired to write a novel. He then joined a counselor-in-training program at the local community mental health center and worked three years as a substance abuse counselor. He retired again and has written two more novels. He recently completed the annotation of a self-help book on faith-based self-help. Two published novels (available on address social justice. Mr. Clark is the Editor of He lives in St. Joseph, Missouri.

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Another Senseless Death from Drug Addiction

Another young man from St. Joseph died this past weekend – apparently from long term drug addiction.  I knew him.  I knew him when he was about seven years old.  I also knew his family.  He was second generation drug addict.  Not his parents, as far as I know, but many of his aunts and uncles.

This particular boy was high energy, dynamic, charming beyond imagination, and ran with the “in crowd”.  He was an All State high school basketball player.  My feelings range from shock, and sadness to complete anger with those who condemn the addict rather than the addiction – and the social ills that promote addiction.

Pat Robertson fingerAnger has often been my first choice in managing the trauma around me – and it has served me well in only a few circumstances.  I say that incorrectly.  Flailing arms and legs and screaming are very short term fixes to most problems.  But anger generates energy.  The trick is in the management of that energy.  Screaming and flailing is like voting for Donal Trump – it feels good for a moment but it only makes life worse.

People in America should be angry.  Yes, I used the word ‘should’, and this case it should cause feelings of guilt and shame.  Shame on America for allowing the conditions that stifle real hope for drug addicts.

Any suggestions?

Let’s have an honest discussion about this problem.


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  1. A problem much too prevalent in my generation and more so in those coming from us. I don’t believe in shooting the addict. I do believe that the low life scum who create and deliver it to mine and other’s babies should get no less than thrown in a deep dark dungeon to rot for eternity. Yes, it’s like that for me. I’m trying now to rescue someone in the third generation of my family. Though, that won’t be the way many others will see it, including the young person in question. Funny that this came about today Gary, as this very day I took on the robe of evil Grandmother to help save a young man I love to pieces and I fear he is committing slow suicide and those he calls his home boys and girl are enabling him to do so. The culture behind it all confuses, disturbs and baffles me!
    No one should sit back and say it’s not my business, it should be everyone’s business.

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