The stigma of addiction is very powerful, many of us look at it as a weakness. However, the Pushback Against Drugs campaign wants you to know addiction is a disease, and can effect anyone.
The month of September marks National Alcohol and Drug Recovery month and Ralph Dixon says its time for our community to take action.
Dixon's son, Michael, was killed when his car crashed into the Thomas Street bridge last March. Toxicology reports show heroin intoxication was a direct factor in the crash. Kyle Kennedy is accused of selling heroin to Michael Dixon, and he's currently awaiting a trial.
But Micheal's father said he'd like to see Kennedy in rehabilitation, rather than prison.
"I don't have any vindictive feelings whatsoever," Ralph says, "Michael could have don't the same thing. Anybody who is addicted to drugs, often just to be able to purchase them is going to share them with other people, sell them to other people, I don't feel vindictive towards him."
Ralph says he feels obligated to speak to the public about his experience so other families will not have to go through the same struggles his family has endured.
Ralph's largest message is one to parents. He says some of the warning signs of drug abuse to look for are children being secretive, it's not always a phase. Also, any erratic behavior such as selling items or becoming isolated could be a sign of abuse.
He says, BE NOSY, because you don't get a second chance.
The Pushback Against Drugs campaign says there are ways for the public to get involved starting with education. You can learn about their effort At Their Website
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