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When She Decided To Have Some Fun In Her Friend's Basement, She Had No Idea What She'd Lose

She's tired of the way we think of some people, and I don't blame her.

When She Decided To Have Some Fun In Her Friend's Basement, She Had No Idea What She'd Lose

Addicts don't start with needles in their arms.

Most of us realize that addiction is a disease. But we seem to be less understanding or willing to acknowledge that fact when an addict dies of an overdose. And that's what this is about: Drug addicts don't start with needles in their arms. Their path to addiction begins in a seemingly innocuous place.


Addiction is a progressive disease.

As Janelle says, most people don't just decide out of the blue to get themselves a bag of heroin and a needle. They progress to that point after doing what many kids or young adults do — trying something new, like alcohol or pot.

It's fine. Until it's a problem.

For an addict, knowing they need to stop and being able to stop are two different things.

Addiction costs people everything.

She lost her kids, her stability, and nearly her life (several times). Who'd put themselves in that position knowingly?

Addiction is hard to overcome. And remember: It's a disease.

When someone dies of cancer, we don't assume they didn't try hard enough. So why, when someone dies of addiction, do we point a judgmental finger and ask why they did that to themselves?

What we need: more empathy, less judgment.

Instead of asking, "Well, what did you expect?" when an addict loses their battle, we could try to find some empathy. And we can do that by learning how it happens and how that person got there. Listen to Janelle's talk on addiction for a better understanding.

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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