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“I lost my younger sister to a heroin overdose. She had a wonderful, artistic talent, recognised at an early age.

“At the age of 14, she was smoking pot. When she was 15, she started hanging around with a boy who was a ‘good friend.’ He recommended a ‘better, mellower high than pot.’ That was when she met heroin.

“She was expelled from an arts school only a couple of months after she started. At age 22 she called me and said she was in a halfway house.

“She stayed clean for a little more than a year and then she relapsed. We will never know why—only from what we read in her journals. Her addiction was a fight for her life every day.

“One morning my phone rang and my father was on the line. He told me, ‘they say she’s dead.’ I was screaming and sobbing uncontrollably. I will never forget that moment.” —Megan


When teens were surveyed to find out why they started using drugs in the first place, 55% replied that it was due to pressure from their friends. They wanted to be cool and popular. Dealers know this.

They will approach you as a friend and offer to “help you out” with “something to bring you up.” The drug will “help you fit in” or “make you cool.”

Drug dealers, motivated by the profits they make, will say anything to get you to buy their drugs. They will tell you that “heroin is a warm blanket” or “heroin will be your best high.”

They don’t care if the drugs ruin your life as long as they are getting paid. All they care about is money. Former dealers have admitted they saw their buyers as “pawns in a chess game.”

Get the facts about drugs. Make your own decisions.