I recently posted on Twitter, “No two drug users are alike. Judging someone based on the #drugs they put in their body is not only hurtful, but usually inaccurate. #heroin” Someone posted back, “I missed all the blogs, news reports and science where people who use heroin actually better their lives”
Okay, there is so much wrong with that statement I didn’t even know where to begin addressing it, much less within the confines of 140 characters. But that was just my point – Does he really believe that no single junky in the world can better their life in anyway if they use heroin? Yes, I think he really does believe that. Of course sensationalist news stories aren’t going to write up the good aspects of a heroin users life. How boring would that be?? Here’s mine for today
“Breaking News! Junky talks to her family today and gives her dog a bath! She wrapped up some writing assignments for two clients successfully completed her billing. She’s happy to report she was hired to be a contributing writer for two new technology blogs today and has two interviews next week for two more long-term freelance gigs. She’s excited her career is going in a good direction. She happy to report she’s emotionally in the best head spaces she’s been in for years. She’s making lots of headway with her therapist in letting go of old pain. And this weekend she’s catching up with an old friend she hasn’t seen in years. She can’t wait to go see The Book of Mormon theater production playing in Los Angeles tomorrow with her boyfriend. But most of all, this junk can’t wait for a long summer touring with her favorite band Phish and hopefully visiting her family.
Not very news worthy, huh? So, you’re right Mr. Douche Bag. You did miss all those reports because the news would rather pick up a speculation that someone who for some reason walked a red carpet one time although nobody knows who the fuck she is or what she ever did, might have had heroin in their system at the time of her death and make her out to be the biggest tragedy since the last some-name person was found with heroin in the system at death. Another media shark-feeding frenzy to induce public hysteria and use as a scapegoat to say “Hey! Look! Heroin is evil, we told you so! We were right all the time! it killed this beautiful, precious, most wonderful, beloved, tragic (wait, who is she?) Never mind, never mind that, she probably gave it to your children before she died and now they’re all going to get AIDS and give it to each other when they start fucking and sharing needles at the age of ten, robbing liquor stores to get money for more heroin because she only gave them one shot and now they’re addicted and shooting each other up with AIDS right now, because that’s what heroin addicts do, didn’t you know??”
I composed a couple of responses, but wound up deleting them both. Opting instead to not sink to his level and engage the instigator. But what would you do? Should I respond? If so, how? Do my readers have any thoughts on the subject?