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For parents, a child’s addiction also brings social stigma (Patriot Ledger)

Posted Jan 12 2010 9:16am
(Hat Tip: NOPE TaskForce )

Posted Jan 09, 2010
BRAINTREE — Bill Brids wakes up every morning knowing that today could be the day his 20-year-old son goes back to heroin. He knows that it could be the day his son dies. It started at 16, when Dave Brids dipped into his mother’s stash of pills. She was dying of cancer. “I was drinking, and one night we couldn’t get beers,” Dave Brids said. “So I tried the drugs (Oxycontin), and I fell in love.” He didn’t know that what he was taking was essentially the same drug he swore he’d never use. Heroin was for junkies. “I looked at it as smoking weed and drinking beer,” Dave Brids said. “Little did I know it was a pharmaceutical form of heroin.”

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If you would like more information on treatment options and support for anyone suffering from opiate addiction visit any of these sites
SAMHSA's Treatment Locator -
Narcotics Anonymous (Maine) -
Maine Office of Substance Abuse -
Portland Public Health Division -
http://substanceabuse.portlandmaine.gov/resourcesforsouthernme.pdf
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