Death from Drug Use

Cari-Leigh - Apache Junction, Arizona
Entered on December 8, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: death
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Death from Drug Use

Drug users may have consequences later in life. It is my belief that being involved with drugs can turn you down the wrong path and possibly get you killed. As I grew up and now I am a responsible adult, I have come to realized how easy it is to get into any type of trouble. Now I have a strong belief that drugs are a serious danger and can have consequences.

The K’s were like my second family. They lived next door to us and Robin and Jim would have disciplined my brother and I like their own. We grew up with their only son Nathan, who was my brother’s age. He was a spoiled brat, but I loved him as much as my own brother. I remember always being watched by the both of them, but always being their little annoying tag along.

The sad thing was, things were changing and my family and the Kirk family was growing apart. My family moved away from Mesa and decided to live in Show Low. That became the beginning of us seeing less of Nathan, Robin and Jim. That is where the start of Nathan’s life turned down the wrong path.

Nathan began being the troublemaker in his class in middle school. He was always getting detention and referrals all the time for not listening to his teachers. Entering high school was like asking for peer pressure. So why he had turned into such a bad kid? Why start turning your life into turmoil.

Nathan successfully graduated from high school. He wasn’t always the sweetest kid though; he was still getting into trouble and hanging out with the wrong crowds. He had been pulled into the bad habit of drugs and had friends who were involved with such a dangerous substance. Nathan had such a good life, a good home and a stable relationship with his girlfriend. So why would he even think about being involved with drugs.

The start of my junior year Nathan had passed away. In the newspaper I read that the police considered the case as an accidental drowning. It wasn’t an accident because he got into drugs and had friends that were drug dealers. That just screamed homicide.

Throughout that year Nathan’s dad, Jim, did everything he could to find out what really happened to his son. He had the idea that someone close to his son and someone who possibly wanted something from Nathan went after him. No matter how much Jim raised his rewards for any information on Nathan’s accident, no one ever answered them. We all knew Nathan was dealing with drugs, hanging around friends who did drugs, and as well doing drugs himself.

Nathan’s accident was extremely hard to understand and just let go. This outcome of what happened to Nathan really made me think of drugs being extremely corruptive to your life. We know it was the involvement of drugs that got Nathan killed.

As I believe drugs can really affect your life. It is not just the drugs in general, but being involved with them. I feel like Nathan had owed something to one of his friends who was a drug dealer. Maybe if Nathan would have been honest and possibly went to the police he might still be alive. Nathan knew what he was getting into putting himself at risk. This whole experience with Nathan and drugs just makes me believe that they can lead you to death.