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I Saw A Terrible Thing Today


janeez e2
6 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2009 8:09PM
I had just got home with my daughter, full of christmas cheer as we had just bought the tree and were planning where it was going to go. I decided to take the dog for a walk in our local country park which is just a few yards from our home. The intention was to gather some holly, ivy and teasels to make decorations. Anyway, as I arrived a paramedic was just leaving and as I walked up the hill two police men were there and another paramedic. Laying on the ground was a young man, clearly deceased. I stopped to ask what had happened and one of them told me he had OD'd on drugs, he emphasised it had not been intentional. He was not one of the homeless from the night shelter, nor was he a 'customer' of the police. Just someone who had got involved with drugs.

I was very shaken by the experience. On the way home I saw the young police officer again sitting in his car. He opened the car door to talk to me and I said how sad it was that this young man had wasted his life on drugs. Tragically, it was now the responsibility of this officer to go and break the news to this mans mother.

The police are critisised constantly in the press but I have nothing but admiration for what they have to do. This officer did not condemn or disparage the victim. He was resectful of the situation and the grave task ahead of him.

Drugs are such a blight on our society. Those who supply them have taken yet another life. A police officer has the terrible task of informing this young mans family and they have to face Christmas and the future with that loss.

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Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
10 Dec 2009 8:23PM
I feel sorry for the family, but unfortunately I can't say the same for the victim. It is the choice of life after all.
bangalicious 6 1.3k 5 England
10 Dec 2009 8:40PM
I agree with Cole 100%.

Sorry you had to witness it though Jane. Hope you are not too shoock up.

Anil.
User_Removed 8 2.1k 7 England
10 Dec 2009 8:57PM

Quote:I feel sorry for the family, but unfortunately I can't say the same for the victim. It is the choice of life after all.


I have some sympathy for the victim and the fact you call him a victim suggests you do too! But drug users are not always in a good state of mind when they start taking them. There are those who take them for pleasure but there are some who take them to escape mental illness. Itís hard to say you donít feel sympathy or sorry for someone unless you know the full story.

It is a choice but at times in life the choices seem few and escape seems the best option.
Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
10 Dec 2009 9:04PM

Quote:but at times in life the choices seem few and escape seems the best option.

Choices/Options nonetheless.
Sorry, that's my stand regarding drag users.
User_Removed 8 2.1k 7 England
10 Dec 2009 9:10PM

Quote:Choices/Options nonetheless.
Sorry, that's my stand regarding drag users.



You are obviously of sound mind. Which you should be grateful for.
10 Dec 2009 9:56PM
Coleslaw, it looks like you've never met one of life's losers. Things quite often aren't as clear-cut as we might like them to be. Some unfortunates are born into terrible circumstances and have no chance of escape.
jimthistle73 10 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2009 10:00PM

Quote:Quote:but at times in life the choices seem few and escape seems the best option.Choices/Options nonetheless.
Sorry, that's my stand regarding drag users.



Wear a dress / don't wear a dress - it's a tough choice....
janeez e2
6 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2009 10:08PM
I do feel desparately sad that this life had ended so abruptly. We all have choices but sometimes circumstances overtake us and some fall throught the net straight into an underclass who are all to ready to drag us into the mire. Yesterday I would have said he was a waster and not given him the time of day. Seeing him lying there, on the cold, wet ground today made me realise his life was valid and no one deserves to go like that. If the policeman had said he was a criminal, a drug dealer and parasite in society then I would probably have not been so sorry. But he wasn't. It could be anyones son or daughter found in those circumstances and that is what makes me sad.
StrayCat e2
10 15.0k 2 Canada
10 Dec 2009 10:11PM
It wasn't that many years ago that the state of Maine in the US came within 3 votes in the legislature of approving the death penalty for any sellers or dealers of illegal drugs. Shows how some folks feel about it.
jimthistle73 10 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2009 10:13PM
janeez, I hear what you're saying, but today's unfortunate addict is tomorrow's casual dealer and next week's peddler of poison.

How far up the chain do we need to go before we point the finger and say, "Scum"?! They're all someone's kid...
uggyy 9 2.1k 9 Scotland
10 Dec 2009 10:19PM
Lets all jump to conclusions...

Perhaps he OD on prescribed drugs? How many people you think you know out there are on drugs? How many peoples lifes you know are held together by antidpresants?

Who knows how what and where happened. Perhaps the guy lost somone close to him and took the wrong path, there all sorts of reasons people walk on the wrong side of the rails.

Someone somewhere the nights crying there eyes out for that person today...
Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
10 Dec 2009 10:19PM
Just notice my typo.
I hear what you are saying, Alexander. But as I said, their choice. Unless someone forces the needle into their flesh, or stick it up their nose with force, or stick a gun at their head, it is still up to them to decide.
It is not like having cancer. You can live as healthy as possible but still die of cancer. Now, that is not your choice!
jimthistle73 10 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2009 10:22PM
Just to clarify, all I'm saying is that it's hard to distinguish the victims from the perpetrators when it comes to hard drugs - aren't they all victims to a degree?
rowarrior 6 4.4k 9 Scotland
10 Dec 2009 10:28PM
Sorry you and the policemen went through that today, and the victim, I'm sure none of you thought the day would end up this way. You're right, I think it is a thankless job breaking news like that, especially if it's going ot be unexpected to the family, which it sounds like this might have been.

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