Predator & Prey: Opioids' Savage Effect On Our Community



how can addiction start well you've got to look at it as a predator and then understand the prey and we all know what predators are and you know they stalk and then they kill and then you have to get into who's the prey and what are what are the characteristics of the prey what does this thing prey on and you know it preys on all of us are young who don't feel like we measure on don't feel like we're quite fit in and they're the ones that the disease is looking for and then someone introduces them to a drug and with one hit of the drug or one drink those feelings start going away they feel like they fit in you know they feel like they're wanted there we believe it's helping us more than earnest and that's the way it gets in and that's the way it starts killing us a little bit at a time he was amazing he was just an awesome awesome person he brought a lot of joy always he always made you feel a little bit better after he left the room I don't know he was just he had the ability to to make people laugh and and to bring him out of themselves a little bit I guess he was just he had a unique ability to draw friends because he was he was courageous and he was a pretty humble kid Alex as a brother was very fun he was incredibly athletic he would try anything and push all physical limits all the time it was a little bit scary but also you know he was fearless he just he could do anything he had total faith his body could do something and just he did it so it was an adventure Jackson was curious about everything you know he wanted to live life and he lived life big you know he he was a daredevil on skis he surf tee scuba dived he skateboarded like he did everything full-on and he loved all walks of life we love talking to people he was the guy the kid who would befriend the 80 year old guy on the ski lift with him in ski with them for the rest of the day Dana loved life she loved being a friend to many people she loved her family more than anything they were they were the most important thing in her life Dana graduated from Central High School in 2003 she loved being a part of drama in choir in East junior high and also at Central she loved being on the stage she had a beautiful voice from there she moved to Chicago about ten years ago and also worked for a chiropractic office being their coordinator for their wellness program she loved to help other people on July 20th at about 11:30 I went into the bathroom before I was going to work and I shot up and apparently the girl outs the other time I heard me fall and hit my head so she broke into the bathroom and started giving me CPR and called the ambulance and when I came to I had my dad shaking me just screaming for me to come back and I had no idea what happened I still don't really know what happened deena passed away from an accidental overdose of opioid prescription drugs she battled with two illnesses addiction and mental illness that being depression she was prescribed opioid prescription drugs when she was in the hospital for kidney stones and became addicted to them I got a phone call from Mike Jackson's dad and I just said you know how's it going how are you going what's going on and he said I'm not well and I could lie and tell you that I can't come to your birthday party because I'm sick but the truth of the matter is is that this morning I found Jackson dead in his bed and he was 19 he was in a really good place because he was gonna get this I've got this mom and we had a really good talk and he came up stairs about 11 o'clock and got a salad to eat and said good night I love you mom and I'm the next day he had overdosed of the night by himself in our basement in his home I mean it started out really young drinking smoking pot the usual well not usual but I mean I guess it was fill lifestyles living band then started playing hockey with older kids drinking every weekend doing painkillers doing coke all that good stuff and then I knew I was starting to have a problem when some days it was tough to get out of bed kids want an experiment and they think they're just gonna be able to experiment and get off of these things but what ends up happening is you don't know what's going to happen in your life it was kind of like night and day when it when it started to happen because he was about 15 and up until then he was very he was an individual very independent and he was brought on to the varsity hockey team and the peer pressure got to him and all of a sudden drugs became more important everybody's selling drugs in this town everybody's doing drugs in this town you may think that your kids some perfect angel my parents probably thought I was too but I wasn't it's not hard to hide it's not hard to find either I mean as long as your kid has a cell phone he can buy whatever he wants II opioid crisis in and of itself is very real it's here and it's our brothers it's our parents it's our kids no one is immune to this problem when I first started as a police officer I never imagined that many of the calls that I'd be responding to would be opioid overdoses finding that we're responding to more and more opioid overdoses it hits home to see that happening here in our community it's hit us pretty hard up here the opioids are easy to get they're cheaper than they've ever been and we get a lot of people young people old people it crosses every socioeconomic status and we're seeing much more of it up here than we used to there's been a perfect storm between over prescription of opiate medications and then the flooding of our market of opiates coming from Mexico and other countries and the combination of those is extremely tragic for a long time there was concern that patients who were in pain whether it was from injury or disease like cancer that there those patients were suffering and their pain wasn't well controlled and that became a big priority in the healthcare industry to better control pain studies at the time that showed these medications weren't addictive if you were using them appropriately for pain that they wouldn't cause addiction that has been proven to be incorrect but we didn't know better I think that a lot of doctors don't know what to look out for and so that makes it dangerous when they prescribe opioids to their patients if we want to make a difference we have to find a way to stop the drug companies who manufacture these very addictive drugs that are making billions of dollars we also have to put a stop to the doctors who so freely hand out these prescriptions to people knowing that they're very addictive and yet offer no other help to them but these drugs opioids interact with the chemistry in your body when you first start taking them they go on to receptors that are all over your body and make you feel good and so you get to a point where you only feel good if you're taking the medication I was no longer getting high I was just trying to keep from getting sick I said I'm done I'm not gonna do him whoa my first three nights at Calvin's if I couldn't sleep my legs are kicking and I looked myself a mirror I said here we go this is this is it you are addicted to drugs the main track to problems with heroin overdose and fentanyl overdose seemed to come from prescription medications as the starting point heroin is a much cheaper alternative and they don't need to get a doctor's note to get it essentially once somebody uses heroin and it could be a first-time user they're addicted and when somebody's addicted to heroin it is very very very difficult if not impossible for some people to break that addiction it changes your brain so it tells your brain to use drugs just as it tells your brain to breathe a drug user is playing Russian roulette every time they use drugs opiate user doesn't know if it's gonna kill them or get them high the risk for opiate use is significant because of the overdose deaths it's difficult when we go to scenes where we know that an individual has passed away as a result of an opiate overdose and you see the family struggling and you see the family grieving and it's their worst fears come true and that's what I want to see stopped so I guess it's what we've got to do is get rid of the stigma that that drug use is weak it's dirty and disgusting that it's only the shabbiest of people that will go there because it's not it's not those people at all it's those people and more it's my son I want people to understand that it's an illness it's not just a choice it's not something that they can just get over no one's going to look at me necessarily and say oh heroin addict I am so for the stigma to go away and then be able to reach out for help that's the best-case scenario for literally anybody it will save families if you just stop judging people and just thinking that oh it has to be this type of person that does drugs it's not deena was full of shame that she relapsed once again and she isolated she didn't reach out for help to her na friends or to her family when you have an addiction it's it's not fun and it's it's ugly and it's really hard to break free from it after a while you get so sick of disappointing people and just always tell them no I'm gonna be fine less I can do it by myself no one can do it by themselves I know without a doubt that this is not what my daughter chose for her life and more than anything she wanted to live a healthy and happy life for people who are dealing with people that have addiction in their lives you don't want them to get to the point where they're being isolated you know isolation is like the biggest enemy when you're dealing with addiction and dealing with trying not to enable by using tough love or something like that it just creates more space and more isolation and less chance for somebody to get the help that they need I'm really proud of how my family handled Alex's addiction we definitely took it as a united front and were there for him for any type of any type of help that he wanted he never had a day that he questioned that whatever was going on he always had a soft place to land with us recovery is possible we see a lot in the news about overdose deaths we see a lot in the news about people really struggling but every day we get to witness people getting better asking for help is the most courageous thing you'll ever do know that there is right here in Traverse City we have help available we have resources and every day we have new options becoming available to help others I just want people to know that they need to take care of each other the opiate epidemic is bigger than law enforcement is it's bigger than just a mental health issue or a medical issue it's it's something that it's all-encompassing and it's going to take all of us respectively to bring it back in and get control over it I just don't want to see another amazing kid like Jackson not be able to you know ski another mountain if you don't already know a family that's affected by addiction I guarantee you will you have the opportunity to make a positive difference in this epidemic and when you share what you've learned you don't just echo my voice but you also echo Dana's voice and through that she lives on Alex struggled with addiction for at least six years I don't know I don't want another family or another friend to go through the loss of a loved one so senselessly because there is help out there if I'd go out and I relapse I'll end up dead that's plain and simple and it's as hard as it is to say and believe it's true and just to get the word out there and just stop the stigma and to help people if I could just help one person touch one family so they don't have to go through what my family's gone through so what kid doesn't have to end up like Alex or one pair of parents so I have to end up like the grisel family that's worth it to me one is better than none that was Alex's whole thing was have a purpose do something for this world and for yourself and for everyone I know Tyler's doing so much in this to to try to change the viewpoint of addiction and try to change how it's handled and try to create a space that people can talk about it and open up about it and I think that's exactly what else would want and I think that you know Tyler's fulfilling to have a purpose motto that he lived by and I think that that's something he would be really proud of [Applause] you

41 thoughts on “Predator & Prey: Opioids' Savage Effect On Our Community

  1. Just say NO! I'm old school and that was the anti drug message I received when in middle/high school. Guess what it worked. I never even smoked weed. I don't like my mind "altered".

  2. Not being able to have a future, or feeling a great deal of anxiety, or just wanting desperately to belong all these things lead Tish self-medication. In addition, One of the worst factors of course is chronic pain. We need to teach people how to deal with life and pain. And how to lead instead of trying too desperately to belong

  3. EATING YOUR OWN JUDGEMENTAL WORDS..HOW DOES IT TASTE? IT'S AN ILLNESS, NOT A CHOICE. SHOULDN'T BE GIVEN A STIGMA, WE ARE INNOCENT, PEOPLE SHOULD UNDERSTAND, PULL UR SELVES UP BY YOUR BOOTSTRAPS & SHUT THE HELL UP! BUNCH OF CRIMINALS, LAZY AZZES THAT DON'T WANT TO WORK OR DO THE RIGHT THING. LOSERS. NEED TO B PUT UNDER THE JAIL. MENACE TO SOCIETY, WORTHLESS, SOUND FAMILIAR? ENJOY!

  4. NOW THERE'S AN EPIDEMIC; A CRISIS 140+ WHYTE FOLKS DROPPING LIKE FLIES..NOW U WANT E'ERBODY ELSE TO CARE! WELL, GOOD LUCK w/THAT! WHO THE HELL CARES, U DROPPED CRACK-N BLACK COMMUNITIES!NOW TMH MADE SURE IT'S DELIVERED BY PHARMACY TO UR COMMUNITIES! THAT'S JUSTICE! NO JAIL-.JUST ADD FENTYNOL.JUST DEAD! YOUNG & OLD! ALL OF U..GETTING WHAT U [email protected] A BUNCH OF ADDICTS!HOW U LIKE IT? JUDGMENT!

  5. NOW IT NOTJUNKIES, DRUGGIES, CRIMINALS..NOW DRUGS ARE A "PREDATOR"! U GUYS ARE FUNNY AS HELL! LET'S JUST WATCH & SEE HOW THOSE DRUGS RUIN YOUR LIVES, FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES, LIVELIHOODS! STILL NO JAIL TIME FOR U. SO THE ALMIGHTY.JUST LETTING 'EM DIE & OPIOIDS KILL 'EM!NOW IT'S AN EPIDEMIC, A "CRISIS"!FOR E'ERBODY ELSE NO TREATMENT, NO CARE..JUST JAILTIME!NOW LET'S SEE HOW U WHYTE FOLKS DISINTEGRATE! LOL!

  6. 5:46
    My uncle's say, pot was the gateway. Now, since people legalized pot, they're pooping in the streets.
    Ad long as it was "semi legal " (medical marijuana) it wasn't like this

  7. The minute one feels that euphoric feeling and opens the bottle to just feel good and not because of pain…get to the doctor and tell them you are an addict and STOP taking the drugs…that would be the intelligent thing to do. Why wait till you are shooting heroin and then blame the doctor or drug company? There has to be a time when the addict has to take some personal responsibility. I have taken opiates for surgery and did not feel that euphoria many speak about. I get itchy and feel a little nauseous and feel sleepy. That's it for me. That is what a non addict feels. If I felt the high that addicts describe, knowing what is out there and all the videos and TV broadcasts, the first thing I would do is stop taking them and head back to the doctors and let them know so I could get an alternative. Seriously, I don't think this country is that stupid or ignorant that it has to blame everyone but themselves….or am I wrong??????? From every video I have seen and I have seen so many, no-one really lays any blame on the person who abuses the drug. It is always the doctor or the company. Note I said ABUSES which is the opposite of takes as prescribed.

  8. Increasing drug addiction is only one sign an important one of an unhealthy society, unhealthy in the sense of increasing lack of social security, increasing poverty.
    Distress is taken over the society.
    To decrease addiction rate and to stabilize opioid addicts, the most important step is to make a substitution therapy available to opioid addicts this will significantly reduce the overdose deaths and the rise of diseases like HIV and hepatitis C.
    Indoor recovery centers are expensive and for the main majority of opioid addicts waste of money combined with a high relapse rate and deadly overdoses.
    This disease must be treated with legal alternatives to illegal opioids
    Like methadone, suboxone, morphine or pharmaceutical grade diacetylmorphin (heroine).
    This is working in many European countries since 2 decades. But prohibition and criminalization of addicts will only make things worse.
    As long as this paradigma change will not happen, the increase on addiction diseases wont stop.

  9. Sick of hearing ppl blame pain rx for deaths. Ppl who choose to over medicate hurt ppl who can no longer get help with pain.

  10. So sorry for your losses. Heroin and Fentanyl is the problem. People with chronic pain and responsible are not getting high there relieving pain. There hurting. There’s people that are truly hurting. The problem is street drugs. Pain prescriptions don’t come with needles. There’s a place for RX opioids especially well documented chronic pain.

  11. It isn't just the overdoses that is killing our brothers sisters mothers and fathers friends and neighbors mass suicides from opiate withdrawal especially the poison known as fentanyl and they aren't counting the suicides in their opioid death toll, the brain will not produce the happy chemicals for months and months leaving those who try to quit with severe depression all the top doctors agree we have to give addicts clean opioids heroin is being given to addicts in some countries and the results are the addicts are getting housed going back to work and are much healthier not spending the whole day drug seeking so wake up if you want to save your loved ones lives because fentanyl will kill them sooner or later it will kill every one who uses it sooner or later they will get the part that didn't mix well and it WILL KILL THEM

  12. US pharma and docs are the cause of the opioid crisis, your justice system should intervene and fix this problem.

  13. Hey ,again, young people want to get high. Stop blaming the drug Co. They start using these drugs , like the feeling and then their off to the races. Just like back in the day , we start experimenting with drugs and the worst thing in the world happens , addiction. Stop blaming the drug company. The issue is drugs , that’s the issue

  14. There is nothing wrong with opioids/opiates but the people that are abusing them, young spoiled people aren't able to understand their own limits and the fact that there is a limit to all you do here in life to avoid hurting others or yourself.

  15. MOST BIASED ANTI-RX MEDS REPORT I'VE SEEN IN YEARS!!
    THE FAKE FENTANYL BEING PUT IN HEROIN IS IN NO WAY CONNECTED TO DOCTORS PRESCRIBING REAL PATIENTS WHAT THEY NEED TO FUNCTION ENOUGH TO SURVIVE!!
    WAKE THE FUCK UP & STOP PERPETUATING THE MYTH THAT LEGIT CHRONIC PAIN & TERMINAL PATIENTS WILL GET ADDICTED, WHEN THEY WILL NEED THESE MEDS THEIR WHOLE LIVES, SHORT AS THEY MAY BE!!
    WHERE DO YOU GET THE FUCKING IDEA THAT DOCTORS AREN'T OFFERING ANY OTHER SOLUTION THAN OPIOID MEDS???
    STUDIES HAVE NOT SHOWN THAT PATIENTS USING PAIN CONTROL FOR LEGIT CHRONIC PAIN WILL MOST LIKELY TURN TO STREET DRUGS!! THE ONLY PATIENTS TURNING TO HEROIN ARE THOSE THAT WERE OSTRACIZED & ABANDONED BY DOCTORS & ARE STILL IN SUICIDAL PAIN, WHICH IS WHY MANY OF THEM ALSO KILL THEMSELVES WHEN THEY CAN'T FIND RELIEF!!
    ADDICTION IN A NON-PATIENT IS NOT THE SAME AS PSEUDOADDICTION OR THE DEPENDENCE THAT CHRONIC & TERMINAL PAIN PATIENTS HAVE BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO BE ON IT LONG TERM!!

  16. Scientific studies have shown that LEGALIZING CANNABIS has led to a drop in minors using it, and it would drop much more if federally legalized!! Adults should be allowed to use drugs if they want to feel better & are sick of this insane wealth & human rights inequality, slaving away at jobs that pay the same wage they paid 10 years ago! Legalizing drugs for adults would stop the 90% of 'opioid overdoses' caused by bad batches or overdoses on fentanyl!!
    What happens when the govt decides to do these "crack downs" on drugs, is that a vast number of legit chronically & terminally ill patients are punished for it, while addicts will continue to use heroin, which gets more & more dealy after EVERY CRACKDOWN!! This war on drugs is not only killing the addicts that apparently are more important to the general public and govt than those disabled & in agony every day, who are left SOL & with no pain control any longer because most doctors decide to protect their own asses instead of helping those truly in need, who then end up killing themselves because of the unbearable suffering!!

  17. We're very cross with you drug companies, all the lives you've ruined, you're fined the equivalent of one weeks profits.. Agenda 21 rules.

  18. heres some reality for you, if you care https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgxbd-pVgHE&t=2796s&list=PLvHvgHI1c6HoRD0MP2lf_pBZGqXk2Bjmp&index=32

  19. No..NOW the "opioid crisis" is very real because its very WHITE. It's YOUR brothers, YOUR parents & YOUR kids. A common denominator in all of these videos is that black people/families are never included? That's because they aren't talking to us or about us. They couldn't give a damn about us & our experiences, they don't view us as Americans/patriots & they play stupid about racism, white privilege & bigotry. It's shameful that calling someone a racist is far worse than actually being 1.

  20. OMG,…..WTF!!!!!! One of the few videos that doesn't go after some bullshit narrative of "Let's get tough on street dealers" and actually focus on the real start….doctors, the real dealers.

  21. Thank you for this message.. it is a wonderful reminder that I can be a Survivor I use to take pain killers and muscle relaxers. August 4 will be my 4 year mark of being clean. I am battling with depression and high anxiety. I am getting help it's comforting to know it can get better just got to keep going… Sorry for anyone here who lost a loved one. Prayers for healing and understanding to you all. In Jesus name Amen

  22. This is a very important message for our community. Thank you so much to the Grizzels and the other families who participated in the making of this documentary and for speaking out. Great job East Middle School students.

  23. Amazing job, you guys!! Your video is so well done and will help take some of the stigma out of addiction and can really help people.

  24. Beautifully done, East Middle School! I love the part where you highlight that RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE – there are people recovering everyday! I am proof that recovery works! <3 #Recovery

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