Every Teen Has the Right to Happiness
Everyday 2,500 teens try prescription drugs. A horrifying figure especially considering that twice the amount of people abuse prescription medication versus illegal drugs, like cocaine and heroin.
On March 2011 after an intense Christmas with the entire family, including Brandi, wishing for sobriety, Brandi attempted opiates for the last time during spring break. It was her final experimentation with prescription medication. She didn’t expect to die. No one who dies from accidental drug poisoning ever thinks it will be them who takes their last breath.
Brandi started with half a pill for serious physical pain. But to Brandi, the physical pain seemed like a manifestation of something deeper. A subdued pain she felt every day. Surrounded by these pills, it was easy for Brandi to get her hands on them. In the beginning, Brandi was able to manage her addiction by backing off the drugs to cleanse for a few days. But every single time, the anguish would rush back. Brandi would then find herself at a dealers house uncomfortable and scared, awaiting the numbness so she could finally lay her head on the pillow and fall asleep in the darkness, alone.
As the addiction got worse, Brandi screamed for help in her own way. Leaving traces of evidence behind, yet distancing herself because of the shame and disgust. However, the deeper the problem got the darker Brandi’s mind became, making it easier for her to rely on drugs to escape.
Everyday 2,500 teens try prescription drugs. A horrifying figure especially considering that twice the amount of people abuse prescription medication versus illegal drugs, like cocaine and heroin. In Florida, legal drugs kill about 50 people a week. That’s 7 people a day. Yet, these lives could have been saved. Death to accidental drug poisoning is preventable. Although state legislation and laws can help protect our children from abusing prescription drugs through monitoring programs, the best way to prevent prescription drug addiction is to never try the drug in the first place.
Our mission at Brandi’s Wish is to raise awareness through education. We offer preventative solutions to teens through referral services and financial assistance for those in crisis that cannot afford the cost of a recovery program. Through support and commitment we proactively work on changing the way communities perceive the victims of addiction. At Brandi’s Wish we educate parents of the dangers that arise from prescription drug misuse and abuse and provide support during rehabilitation. No child should ever have to stand alone in the space of darkness. Let’s empower our children to make informed decisions for themselves!
How Can You Help?
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