I learned about this new trend of drug abuse very tragically last January. On January 16th 2008, it was my brother's 24th Birthday. I took a ride to work with a new friend. I bought him a cake for his birthday along with a few other gifts instead of coming straight home like normal. He went out with his friends to celebrate. Next day, just the same routine. Woke early, he cooked breakfast for the boys, came home did his laundry, played with his kids, ate dinner and went off to bed at around 7:30pm. It was early in the morning on January 18th. I went to wake my brother, Stevie. It was 6:49 AM and his alarm was going off, but he had not jumped up as normal. I went into his room to check on him. He had died in is sleep. He was pronounced dead at 7:05 AM. Stevie was 24 years old. He had just started a new job as a Mechanic for a very prosperous company. He lived with us to get on his feet and to help us out around the house. You couldn't ask for a better brother. Stevie was a loving young man with the world a head of him. He loved to laugh and make you laugh. He was very shy individual but once his shell was broken, it was hard to keep him quite. It took me weeks to discover what happened to Stevie. I had to wait 8 weeks for the autopsy report to find the cause of death was Acute Methadone Overdose. It was then that I realized that the drug culture had changed, but I hadn't kept up. I was looking for the wrong drugs of abuse. I didn't realize that more kids from more backgrounds were experimenting with drugs, and that the drugs they were using were not necessarily the illegal street drugs.
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