On December 20, 2003 my 21-year-old brother took his own life. He was addicted to crack. He wanted to be clean, and he hated the person he had become with the drug use. His addiction started with weed, then coke, then crack. He has a son named Michael who is now 10. Michael is currently being raised by our parents because Michael’s mother is also addicted to crack. My brother’s death has broken all of our hearts and now my sister is using heroin. She is trying to tell us that she is not addicted. I feel so helpless with the situation. I really hate drugs. I loved my brother so much. It hurts just as much today as it did the night I got the phone call telling me he passed away.
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