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Heroin cuts short promising life

Text to her mother 10 days before fatal party: “I hate being an addict because my life is on the line... I want my life more than drugs so I'm going to change.”
drugoverdose     Tanya Smith with her daughter Taylor at graduation in 2011. The free-spirited Taylor decided to wait on entering college and fell in with the wrong crowd.

 

    Last week, the mother of the 20-year-old whose body was dumped in the yard of a vacant house last August after she died of an overdose at a party portrayed a descent into drugs that was unbelievably sad and shockingly quick.


    The story of how an active high school student, Taylor Smith, could so quickly fall in with the wrong crowd, become addicted to heroin,  be handcuffed and arrested by her mother (a Holly Springs police officer) and then end up dead and abandoned in a yard  in such a short span of time is a warning  the mother hopes other parents will heed.

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reality check
+1 #1 reality check 2014-03-22 13:04
People, "the wrong crowd" describes just about all, or at least the majority, of today's American youth. The number one priority of our youth is to get wasted on anything and anything. The boys just want to fight and kill other boys. The girls just want to show their breasts and start fights between boys. Everyone thinks it all is so cool. Face it, America, if these people are the future of our country, it can't last much longer. Keep birthing babies, people!
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Anita
+1 #2 Anita 2014-03-24 15:21
I'm not so sure that "reality check" is 100% correct, but taking drugs is a CHOICE. Being violent or exposing yourself is a choice. Seems this problem is increasing, young people making very bad choices. How do you instill self worth to make better logical decisions? It takes parents to educate the kids and keep doing it until they show signs of being able to make a logical decision for their lives.
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Skip
+2 #3 Skip 2014-03-25 16:30
With all due respect, as a parent you can be involved, focused, and try to do everything "right" and kids will still find themselves in situations they shouldn't be in. I'm not yet as cynical as "reality check"...yet... . nor am I of the opinion that parents are always responsible for the actions of their children. God knows I've gotten into things my parents cautioned me against and would have addressed had they known. They led by example, but temptation and peer pressure are tough - more so these days in my opinion. I will say that I think more parents today are tolerant of behaviors that can lead to some potentially dangerous consequences, but certainly not all.

In any event, I feel for Ms. Smith and thank her for her willingness to share this story. "There but for the Grace of God...."
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pinto colvig
-1 #4 pinto colvig 2014-03-26 21:08
it's my wife, and it's my life! cuz when a main line in my vein, leads to a center in my head, and then I'm better off and dead, cuz when the smack begins to flow, and I really don't care anymore, about all the jim-jim's in this town, and everybody putting everybody else down, and all the dead bodies piled up in mounds.... - Lou Reed, Velvet Underground
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Firestorm
+1 #5 Firestorm 2014-03-30 09:45
"The more honest we are to drug addicts, the less often they’ll die. Here’s a helpful secret: If you see a junkie who’s about to OD, pick him up and walk him around the block a few times. Holding sleep at bay by keeping his blood flowing is a huge pain in the Grim Reaper’s ass. Here’s another: If you know someone who just got clean, don’t let him drink. They think they have everything under control. Then they have a beer. Then they have four or five more. Then someone has smack and they figure they can get away with just one bump (a booger-sized chunk sniffed off a house key). Their brain remembers doing five gigantic bumps back in the day, but their body can now only handle half a bump. So one big bump kills him. This is the message that has to get out to the masses, not cheap platitudes."
-Gavin McInnes, We Just Lost Another Junkie
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deborah hall
0 #6 deborah hall 2014-04-10 23:52
Quoting Skip:
With all due respect, as a parent you can be involved, focused, and try to do everything "right" and kids will still find themselves in situations they shouldn't be in. I'm not yet as cynical as "reality check"...yet.... nor am I of the opinion that parents are always responsible for the actions of their children. God knows I've gotten into things my parents cautioned me against and would have addressed had they known. They led by example, but temptation and peer pressure are tough - more so these days in my opinion. I will say that I think more parents today are tolerant of behaviors that can lead to some potentially dangerous consequences, but certainly not all.

In any event, I feel for Ms. Smith and thank her for her willingness to share this story. "There but for the Grace of God...."



Well said. My condolences to the family. Debbie hall
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deborah hall
0 #7 deborah hall 2014-04-10 23:53
I mean well said what Skip expressed. Thank You.
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