Last night as I logged on to my computer and checked my Facebook page. I received a group message from a bunch of former co-workers who were giving me the news that a former co-worker of ours had passed away from an apparent heroin overdose. I didn't know she was using. We worked together for a couple of years and stayed in touch on Facebook. After she left the company I was working for, we would talk to each other maybe twice a year on Facebook, usually around our birthdays. We ran into each other a few times after she left. She was a sweet person, always smiling, always very nice, and she had a very sexy raspy voice. Her voice was so good, I told her she should forget sales and go on air.

I beg of you, never try heroin. I'm not going to be a hypocrite and sit here and proclaim that I have never done drugs. I have experimented in the past, we'll just leave it at that. But I have never tried heroin. After hearing the stories of the rock stars who were on heroin, like the Nikki Sixx story, bassist from Motley Crue, I knew I never wanted to be near that drug. To me, taking heroin is like playing Russian roulette, each time you take, you are pulling the trigger and it could kill you. Some people use some drugs recreationally, if you use heroin at all, please seek help. That high can't be worth dying over. Please reach out for help. If you have never done heroin, please don't ever try it. Again, it's like playing Russian roulette with five chambers loaded. It's just not worth the risk.

And you can think, It won't happen to me, or I won't get hooked, I'll be able to stop. Tell that to my former co-worker.

Rest in peace, my friend. Prayers go out to you and your family. My heart aches for them.

If you, or someone you know needs help, PLEASE visit the Go Broome County website or first call for help from the United Way. In the 607 area code, just dial 211. From outside of the 607, call 1-800-901-2180 or visit their website.



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