drug overdose

Diary 12/7

He’s unconscious on his bathroom floor today. Body limp and smog occasionally wafting out of his mouth and out of the nearby vent. It disappears quickly enough- turns into nothingness without its host to keep it going strong. His chest is moving slowly in a uneven pattern. He must have only gone unconscious recently.

The book lays next to him, along with the pencils he used for today’s drawing. His bottle of sleeping pills is also nearby. He didn’t take too many- no, only one. Maybe two. Either way, he’s out like a light now…

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Former Christiansburg High School standout and college wrestler Cody Gardner passes away at 28

Cody Gardner, one of the greatest high school wrestlers in Timesland history, was remembered Tuesday as someone who was as soft-spoken off the mat as he was ferocious on it.

“He was truly a gentle giant,” said Virginia Tech wrestling coach Kevin Dresser, who coached Gardner at Christiansburg High School and in college. “He was a pretty special guy.”

Gardner, a three-time Timesland wrestler of the year, four-time state champion and a former national champ, died Friday of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 28, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Gardner, who had been living in New Jersey, returned to Montgomery County last week to spend a couple of weeks in the area, said former teammate Matt Epperly.

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Gardner’s body was discovered Friday morning at a home in Shawsville by a friend who had been with him at the house. A deputy arrived at the home after the friend notified the police.

Click here for full story on Roanoke.com

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“Here’s a 67 year-old actress that lets the camera one millimeter from her face. She was wearing make up, no makeup, and sometimes makeup that made her worse. And, you know, just completely no vanity, complete surrender to the world, complete surrender to the material.”

-Darren Aronofsky on Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream.

Do you ever sit there and wonder why you’re still alive? After all the attempted overdoses on painkillers, the amount you smoke, all the alcohol you’ve consumed, the experiments with drugs..You do all this self destructive shit and you’re still alive and you don’t know why?

Glad to see that this bill passed.

It would grant amnesty to those who phone the police for medical attention for drug overdoses (i.e. you can’t be charged with drug possession for helping your friend who is OD’ing). This will save lives.

More info on the bill here:

Liberal MP’s Bill Proposes ‘Good Samaritan’ Immunity During Overdoses

Fentanyl OD Alert for heroin users & friends of heroin users - especially on the east coast!

From NYT

Recently, 22 people died in and around Pittsburgh after overdosing from a batch of heroin mixed with fentanyl, a powerful opiate usually found in patches given to cancer patients. Heroin containing fentanyl, which gives a more intense but potentially more dangerous high, has begun to appear in New York City, said Kati Cornell, a spokeswoman for Bridget G. Brennan, the special narcotics prosecutor for the city. An undercover officer bought fentanyl-laced heroin on Jan. 14 from a dealer in the Bronx, she said. The dealer did not warn of the mixture, which is not apparent to the user; subsequent testing revealed it. (The patches themselves had turned up in drug seizures in the city before, she said.)

For any NYC people who are interested in getting trained in opiate overdose reversal, you can find programs that do this training for free here. 

(Also, I work for Streetwork Project, the organization mentioned above & you can find more info about our services offered to homeless youth in our LES/Harlem drop-ins here.