In my ultra conservative state, I could be sentenced for drug possession: up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. I could lose custody of my son.

Sep 12, 2014 at 10:00am | 537 comments

He held my face to his and told me: "I have a history of heroin use, but I’m clean, and I’ve been tested. Are you sure you want to do this?"
Heroin in our house, in front of our child, while I was growing a baby inside me was worse than any of the fears I’d conjured for myself over the years.
I was the only detox virgin -- everyone else had been sucked into the cyclical hell of detox, rehab, prison.

May 29, 2014 at 11:00am | 92 comments

In Peaches Geldof, I see both a tragic story and an image of my alternate reality.
I really hate Mondays -- they represent that awkward transitional point where my one life ends and another starts up.
I’ve always had ridiculously extreme reactions to drugs and medication.
I tested the residue of one of the capsules we had leftover. When I got those results, a knot settled into the pit of my stomach. "What have I done?" I asked myself.
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I am just not sure how to go about having this conversation, what to say, or whether to bother saying anything at all.
Five years and one day ago, I was wandering the streets of Manhattan in a blackout.
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I did a lot of shopping, bought a lot of drugs. I made more money than I’d ever made -- or even seen -- in my entire life, and all of it cash.
Adderall, often used to treat the symptoms of ADHD, has long been a phenomenon on college campuses for its study-enhancing properties. But, what happens when those kids graduate?
Because I'm always on the lookout for creative new ways to make my brain shut the hell up.
The string of recent molly-related tragedies at music festivals is putting more focus on the dangers of MDMA. But indiscriminately stressing "drugs are bad" isn't the way to go to promote safety.

Sep 9, 2013 at 10:00am | 188 comments

Every year around father’s day I hear the message either directly or indirectly that you should call your father before it is too late. Well, I did that and we have not talked since.
Sometimes I wonder how I could have been so oblivious to the fact that proper treatment for pain is, well, not a bad thing.
I watched the skinny white guy with dark hair through my peripheral vision (I’m not nosey) as he cleaned the surface of the table and opened a small clear bag.
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I want to make it clear to my insides that we no longer believe in the motto, “Live Fast, Die Young.”
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It started off as a perfectly normal Saturday night, until I was sweetly kidnapped by southern eccentrics, drugged, and given a free sex show until I threw up.
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I discovered you could get high off cough syrup by accident. There was an article about these kids who had overdosed on it and ended up in hospital