22 May 2008
Well, first of all your picture of a drug addict is dead wrong and IMHO a real problem being taught in school. Read this forum! Most of the people here who have had a drug problem are upper middle class with great jobs, nice homes, driving nice cars and have educated family included. I think people need to "get real" here. As a kid, I was taught in school that you could spot an addict a mile away; the dirty, homeless guy with no teeth. DEAD WRONG! (no offense intended with that- only using as an illustration). This leads to a social discremination towards drugs like suboxone and methadone- it's only used for the lowest of society, right?? NO!
Most people get hooked on drugs from their doctors, the dealers in white coats. Drug abuse crosses all lines. Don't try to describe what the average addict looks like, you might not like what you see. It is much more comforting to think of addicts as those lower forms of society, when it knocks at EVERYONE's door, even the rich and famous.
Hope my input helps. And again, I mean no disrespect here.