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An OxyContin and heroin epidemic that began several years ago continues to kill at an alarming rate. So far, several thousand have died across the state, including 3,200 from 2003-2007. Drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in U.S., data show
Fueling the surge are prescription pain and anxiety drugs that are potent, highly addictive and especially dangerous when combined with one another or with other drugs or alcohol. While most major causes of preventable death are declining, drugs are an exception. The death toll has doubled in the last decade, now claiming a life every 14 minutes. Our newest title, There is No Hero in Heroin, is one woman’s real-life journey, as she slowly realizes that she and her entire family has been “hijacked” by her son’s opiate addiction.
One of the things that makes this memoir so unique is that Janice, the mother of an addicted son, weavesfirst-person excerpts—written by her addicted son among her own memoirs—so the reader can experience thoughts, feelings, heartbreak, anger and frustration from both viewpoints. Her son writes:
My mom once asked me what it felt like to use. It is like being melted wax.
Fluid. Liquid. Spineless. Not the spineless I feel sober, but a freeing kind of spineless. My body is weightless, shapeless, and shiftless. I can feel things I have never felt before, all the while avoiding the feel of any emotion .
. . I feel the breeze pass right through me. I bear the uncomfortable sweltering heat and never notice I am sweating, or the bitter, chilling frost without the slightest shiver. I forget to eat, but I feel completely satiated. My mind is empty and my heart is numb . . .What I am afraid of is feeling.
Tommy, Nargi’s addicted son admitted to selling opiates to Jared Loughner, years before The Tucson Tragedy in January of 2011, that critically wounded and forever changed the life of Former AZ Representative, Gabrielle Giffords.
Nargi, a registered nurse, has utilized her twenty-eight years leadership experience to form the There is No Hero in Heroin Foundation, and established the annual World Wide Black Monday Event to raise awareness for loved ones lost to addiction. For more information about the foundation, Janice or the Black Monday Event, you can visit her website at http://tinhihfoundation-com.webs.com
THERE IS NO HERO IN HEROIN
Author: Janice Nargi
Category: Addiction / Recovery / Memoir
Publication Date: September, 2012
Price: Paperback $19.95, Ebook $9.99
Approximate Length: 188 pages
Trim Size: 5 X 8
Distributor: Atlas Books
Publisher: Twin Feather Publishing
P.O. Box 18910
Tucson, AZ 85731
Currently out in ePDF and ePub on Amazon.com and other sites.