As a Paramedic for over 15 years I have witnessed far too many deaths due to Opiate use. We need to take a stand against Opiate use by implimenting a high impact, effective Opiate Awwareness Program that focuses on our youth before the first experimentation with this drug ever begins.
Existing programs do not provide the impact we need to truly demonstrate the impacts Opiates has on ones life from the first dose through every step of progression of addition. This means not just overdose. It just as importantly needs to demonstrate the loss of self. The deterioration of ones self that can never be reversed. How Opiates rob victims of their dreams, goals and most times, their life.
We can't stop there. We need to go further and demonstrate the impacts the victim doesn't see. Thats the impact on ones family. Especially in the event of loss. The pain. The regret. Te destruction in relationships and hardships that many times never end.
Too see this from a Paramedics eyes is to see what it is like to walk into that house with a teenage son or daughter overdosed in their roon. To see the glimmer of hope in th families eyes as we close the door while they hope and pray everything just might be OK.
It never is. We are merely getting a pronouncement. A time of death.
It's when as a Paramedic I exit that room and face that family. No words need to be shared. A look is always enough to know. As their eyes become bloodshot and overflow with tears it is one of the hardest thing I have ever had to do as a Paramedic.
To knell before that family and share that dreadful news. The pain is unimaginable. The screams that shatter the soul. The cries that melt the coldest of hearts. There is nothing more dreadful. Something that victim never sees. Something they need to see. To experience those screams. Those cries.
This Opiate Awareness Program is designed to bring a theatrical perormance to middle schools and high schools. A performance intended to stoke an emotional response. To feel the pain. To feel the loss. To witness the loss of self along with all dreams.
A program designed not to scare the audience. It's intended to understand. Understand there is no escape from Opiate addiction. To know everyone starts out believing it wouldn't be them. To see how the Opiate addiction progresses wheter its complete loss of self or in death, the destruction to all they love and loved them.
To have students leave emotional, but most importantly understanding what Opiate addiction truly is, what it becomes and the destruction it creates and leaves behind.
We must do more. Opiate addiction is not decreasing. It is increasing. Through a high impact, emotional driven theatrical performace I do believe we can help prevent Opiate use before it starts. Because once it starts, we have very little chance of ever stopping a drug that overpowers everything we can throw at it.
Let's help protect our youth. If we can prevent just one lost life, we will have accomplished more than any awareness program that exists today.
I have never been one to sugercoat nor will this program. It is the hard truth. Maybe too painful for some to watch. But it's programs like that which last. The images they see and feel stay in their minds and because of this, we can only hope should that first opportunity to experiment with an Opiate, those who attended will never forget the impact of saying yes or no. I believe we can make a difference where one is yet to be made. We can achieve No's. We can begin reversing the numbers and most importantly, we can save some from what is the worst addiction with the worst progression.
Let's do something new and together let's see if we can for the first time, truly have an impact. I believe we can and will but I need your help. Please donate today to help support this initiative so that this program can be established because everyday that goes by without it, lives are forever lost. Families forever torn. Help me help those to truly know the consequesnes of Opiate addiction so we can stop Opiate Addiction where it matters most. Before it ever starts.