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Scourge of The Earth

Updated on March 24, 2012

Please don't do Drugs

To begin i must give a prelude to establish my comments.I grew up very poor and came from a family that seemed like a common family, as many in America. I was the youngest of 12 children .Our family was composed of seven boys and 5 girls. My oldest brother was a heoin addict, and my other family members struggled with alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana.

Growing up I was very bright child who loved to read and was very curious about life, and always questioned why people did the things they they did. Whatever i didn't understand, I asked whom I thought knew the answer, What does this mean and Why would someone do this if it was harmful to them? Was the question that always perplexed me.

As in life, you later learn that most people don't really think about the repercussions that happen when they make such decisions. The concept of "cause and effect" is usually the farthest thought in their mind when doing something such as making a decision that may affect them for the rest of their life. when you are a child you learn not to steal, for you will get in trouble.

The major thing that is stressed in schools today is " Don't do Drugs". To address this topic you have to take on the many faces of Drugs , the causes of Drug abuse and the repercussions of Drug use, not only to your own well being, but the harm that is inflicted on family friends and society in general.

I feel I can write about this subject for I was addicted to the drug of Cocaine for 10 years . When i was 12 years old I learned how to drive a car because my older brother was a junkie, who used to put a needle full of Heroin in his arm and taught me how to drive him around while he was in his heoin stupor. In one instance He came out of the restroom after shooting up and just collapsed on the floor and went into convulsions. This was a very traumatic experience to a 14 year old boy. My brother was very smart for a heroin addict. he would break into doctor's cars in broad daylight while the doctor was in his office. I learned from this that crime, isn't always done in the shadows. When you do something illegal and you do it when people least expect it, like right in front of their face, you have the best chance of getting away with it. Why? Because most people don't expect a this from normal reasonable people.

But the first thing you should know about people that are drug abusers are what they are not. They are not normal reasonable people, they are a different animal now. They are not the son, daughter, husband or wife that you knew. They have changed into a person who has no concept of feelings anymore. The only love they have is for that next high, that next feeling of euphoria, and they will do things that they would never do before becomong addicted to drugs. The drug abuser will lie to your face, steal from you, rob you blind. Why? One cannot understand this but a person who has been there easily can relate this to anyone.

A drug abuser takes advantage of your sympathy, to a drug abuser especially a person who is addicted to narcotics for they are the most extreme abusers. Your sympathy is viewed in their narcotic world as weakness, they want you to feel sorry for them, they view sympathy as a tool to win you over, as an excuse. A victim that most reasonable people would fell sorry for. Because they are now an animal, you are the prey. Most drug abusers use this tool very effectively on family members. Naive people who think that they have the power to change this person's life.

In reality you cannot change this person's life . Only they can change their life. The drug abuser plays a game of hide and seek . they will say all the right words to lure you into their victimization ploy. They will make you think that you are in control and will help them, but you are just falling into their trap.

The many faces of drug abuse range from " harmless" marijuana , to Crack cocaine which to me is the deadliest scourge on this planet and the most dangerous of all the drugs that plague society.

The main reason that most people start out with marijuana is curiousity, which brings the reason most young people start out doing any drug. They are curious as to what effect it has on you . the biggest effects are escape and euphoria. Problems at home, at school, peer pressure, in their mairraige, all of these are what makes people do drugs.

Priscription drugs are one of the most readily available , because they are usually found in the homes of most American familys. it is a variety of medicines that have been prescribed legally but were never disposed of and remained in the family medicine cabinet. Only when you must go out on the street to get your drugs does the whole perspective of drug abuse become very dangerous. The drug abuser then starts to learn the "rules of the jungle". they learn to manipulate, to lie , to cheat to steal, for the drugs of their choice. the women learn that they can exchange sex for drugs. the men learn that they can exchange guns, jewelry, anything of worth to the dealer and yes, sometimes for even the men, sex also.

If you have a family member who is abusing drugs don't try to help them, for they will only take advantage of you. The best advice i can give to you to you is give them a good talking to, tell them how they have hurt themselves and their family, throw them out on the street. It may sound harsh, but unless you under stand that that they are the only one who can do anything about their problem is them, you will only be enabling them. I have been clean now for 2 years and if it wasn't for my family support and my writing as a support mechanism, who knows where I would be. quitting drugs is a only achieved with will power, I hear people say they must go through programs that cost money and all the other excuses that are used by drug abusers. Drug abusers only go through programs when they face time in prison or jail. the system requires it as a means of making money. I'm not saying that these programs don't work , they have helped many people I'm sure. So Let me tell you from a person who knows what drug addiction is .

Drug addiction is a day to day war with your own mind, which looks for excuses to fall back into your old lifestyle , a low down drag out fight with the devil that is your sub-concious. When you are down that devil tempts with the thoughts of euphoria, escape from the reality of real life. You are never truly done with drug addiction untill the lord calls your name. You are addicted for the rest of your life here on this earth. With faith, will power and resolve to stay drug free anyone can who was addicted to the scourge of drugs can make it just another day. thats all I ask of the lord , not for a miracle but to just get me to tommorow.








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      Princess Prisca 5 years ago from Heaven living on Earth

      cleaner3,

      BRAVO!!!!

      Blessings continue to be unto you!!! I am soooooo very proud of you for creating, sharing and living this piece.

      What a POWERFUL testimony!!! The Lord has spared, blessed and delivered you from the 'Mind Monster' ~ to show and encourage others that are trodding down that same pathway. (Our blessings are not just given to us alone. The Lord expects us to use our blessings to glorify Him.)

      Great Job, Michael.

      Much Love,

      Blessings!

      Ciao...Princess Prisca

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      Hi Michael, this is quite a shocking story. Your own, and that which echoes similar stories of so many out there. As I have already mentioned once before I know what the effects of taking drugs are on those affected and also those living near them, because some time ago I had a family member who was involved. He fell into a 'wrong' group, it all started as a curiosity. That leads to making them feel better about everything in their life, it's an escape from reality. But sadly, it's an addiction. And yes, they change into a person who has no concept of feelings, or anything around them. The family background not always plays a role, many kids are from good educated families, so it depends, reasons are many. Luckily for him, he wanted to change himself, it took about couple of years, it was very difficult. He found his purpose in life and he's doing well. I'm glad for you that you managed to see some light up there and say 'stop'. You need to keep positive about life, and give thanks, keep busy with your work, study, anything, there are so many things to concentrate on to keep away from negative thinking and that which harms. Take care :-)

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Thank you for sharing so much of yourself. This Hub might just help that one person that is suffering and needs help!

      I have an alcoholic in my life and I thought of him when you said that someone on drugs will say all the right things. He tells me what I want to hear and he does others the same way. I know that he can only help himself, but it's hard watching him destroy himself.

      Very informative Hub! Voted it awesome, useful, and up!

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      @ Princess, thank you for your comments and your blessings they are appreciated.

      @Katrine,thank you for your words of kindness.i just hope that this helps one person who has gone through this peril . It will be satisfying enough for me. I'm glad tosee that your family member has found the strength

      to stay clean. negative thoughts are the worst part in the battle of addiction. Give the person on drugs support through words and you will help them.I am fighting the good fight within myself and with the lord's help I will stay clean.

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      Jen Christopherson 5 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

      I am amazed by your fortitude, Cleaner! I too have gone long periods without using drugs and fighting this battle. I have surrendered the battle today. Addiction has won. It has more power than I do. However, I, too, have found a power greater than myself and addiction. I leave the battles for them to work out. Today, I focus on doing the next right thing, finding support for myself where I can and making sure that I am supportive of others as often as possible, and connecting with another person who will let me know when I am beginning to travel back in the direction of those behaviors.

      I only have a little under 18 months this time, but I am happier than I ever was during the nine years I battled alone.

      I never went to jail, I was never told to go to meetings by anyone. I found them simply by walking around town, wondering if the world would be better off without me.

      Those meetings saved my life so many times I cannot even count them anymore. I am grateful I don't have to battle with it alone anymore. I have people who will stand with me, fighting their own fight, sharing strategies and hope for getting through until tomorrow, should the lord bless us with such a wonderful gift!!!

      I love your hub! So rich, so brave, so strong! I am grateful to have read it. I have learned a great deal about myself. Today is looking brighter already! Thank you!

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Dreamer, how do I answer this. You know that I love you and I have told you that I will always be there for you. But now you have become the strong woman that you were meant to be and that is freakin great. I am so proud of you. What ever it takes the lord will help us make it to tommorow as long as we ask him for strength. Know thyself and the world will know you for who you are. Love you

      Michael

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      Jen Christopherson 5 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

      Thank you! I am grateful for your wonderful words! I am here for you as well, if you need it! I just thought a bit of the other side of the story was needed here, that's all. Your way of doing it is great because it works for you. My way is great because it works for me!

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      when are we going to go to that secret place where we whisper thing that only we can read to each other. LOL

      Let's write another love story , only lets make this one about about two raccoons that meet.LOL

      Love you.

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      Jen Christopherson 5 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

      I am not sure comments is the best place to begin hubs...

      Maybe we should go to the forums and see if there is something like this in there?

      Or maybe others like this kind of thing too? I don't know.

      Raccoons, huh? Well, here goes...

      He scurried along, holding the special treat in his mouth, wondering if he would get home with it before some predator took it from him.

      A noise to his left made him jump and turn midair until he faced it.

      As his eyes took in the creature before him, his mouth dropped the special treat and his insides began to tremble.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      she had been watching him from the tree that she sat on. when she seen him pick up the small morsel of something it roused her curiousity as to what it was. she also noticed that he was a a great specimen of a raccoon. his colores were dark with soft rings on his tail that accentuated his other dark colors. He looked like a fine male that she would like to mate with. As he walked under the tree, she decided to make her move . She waited till he had moved past her spot then she jumped down right behind him landing with a soft thud which startled him and made him turn quickly ready to fight for whatever he was holding.

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      Jen Christopherson 5 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

      He coat was shiny and fine, soft in every way by the look of it. Her colors were remarkable and he was sure no other raccoon had them, though at the moment he was hard pressed to think of a single other raccoon. The chocolate bar piece fell out of his mouth and he reached for it, absently, without taking his eyes off her. Then, he held it out to her, afraid she would refuse it and afraid that she would not refuse it. He could barely think...

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      she stopped as soon as he turned and didn't realize that she had startled him. He looked bewildered and in awe of her. she knew that this was the one for her . she knew that this was a specimen that would make her offspring come out very strong and have the best chance of survival. they both stood staring at each other which seemed like a long time to her, for they were staring into each others eyes. then he slowly held out his morsel to her. she was suprised at first but she moved close enough to hold out her small paw and as they touched she could feel the electricity in the air, as it made both of their furry tails stand straight up.

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      Jen Christopherson 5 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

      The electricity which ran through him at her touch made him think death would soon arrive, but he could not bring himself to think anything other than "more". He wanted more. More of looking at her, more of touching her, more attention from her, just more...

      In spite of the confusion she was causing him, a scent penetrated his mind. This scent was familiar. This scent meant danger.

      He would defend her, even if it cost him his life. He wanted more. This danger was going to take "more" away from him. He would fight it instead of his usual running and hiding.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      As she took the morsel from him she sensed that something was wrong! She turned with her scrap of chocolate and faced the wind. Standing on her haunches, she smelled the danger now that her future mate had sensed right away. He was very alert with his tail standing upright and his nose in the air, taking in all the scents that the wind had to offer. Now she knew that there was time for hijinks later, now was the time to be very alert and start to move. She went down to all fours and proceeded to walk in the other direction from the smell that was growing stronger, keeping her small piece of candy in her mouth. When she had reached the underbrush, she turned back toward him to see if he was going to follow. She wwaved her long thick tail to make sure that he knew she wanted him, but he was still poised to stand guard, to protect her as she moved away.

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      Jen Christopherson 5 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

      Movement caught his eye and he realized she was leaving the area. He began to move carefully away from the scent, though he moved as quick as he could.

      Was she waving her tail to let him know to follow her, or had he seen her move away? He was unsure, but he followed anyway. He had to have more.

      He continued to stay between her and the danger, though he hoped she would hurry...

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      when she had reached the under brush she scampered towards her favorite tree. Moving quickly she climbed up the fat trunk of the tree and when she thought that she was high enough to be safe she sat and turned around to see if her new friend had followed. There he was guarding her safe escape from the dangerous smell. she knew that they were meant for each other when she seen him making sure that she was safe before he started up the tree.

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      Jen Christopherson 5 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

      He followed her through the underbrush, then up the trunk. As he reached the limb she was on, a large dog came along sniffing their trail.

      He sure was glad they were this high in the tree! They were well out of its reach, but it would take hours for the creature to stop its infernal barking!!

      He looked around until he found a limb that reached over to a limb in the tree they were in, then he climbed over to it and waited for her. He could take her to his favorite stump to hide out until the noise stopped.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      she seen him move through the tree as if he was gliding. she ate the piece of candy that he had given her and watched him jump across from one tree to the other . she was not afraid of the barking dog for he was just a nuisance now. when he turned to see if she was following him, she just sat there. she wanted to see his reaction, she didn't want him to think he had her in the bag.Now she was on the move toward him, she climbed up and moved lightly across the branch, so delicately like a ghost.she was very interested as to what he had in mind, obviously he was taking control now. As she had almost caught up to him, he was watching ahead now that he knew she would follow.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I am touched by this hub. I know it must have been hard for you to pour your emotions and thoughts out to everyone who reads this. I may not really know you, but I am proud of you! I hope putting your feelings "to paper" helps. It sounds to me like you have a good support system now and that is so important! I enjoyed reading this piece, I like to get to know a little about people I am following. This was very touching. I hope you continue to write here on HubPages and I wish you all the best! :)

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Sg, thank you, for your kind words. I am just going day to day and thats all I can do, but I am becoming stronger in my will power against the devil. thank you for your support.

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      Jen Christopherson 5 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

      He could see his log as she neared him in the branches. Would she actually follow him there? What would they do once they got there? Too late now for second thoughts, it was already done. He would watch her and let her make the decision as to what they did. He would just enjoy her company until then.

      He climbed across the final branch and down the trunk to the small clearing with the log. Then, he watched her as she followed his lead.

      He led her to the log and went inside then turned to make sure she followed. When he was sure she was coming he gathered some of his stored food. As she settled herself into a comfortable place, he offered her the food.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      she took the food and ate. she was very comfortable in this log. she felt at ease with his company. she waited for him to lay next to her so she could smell him up she wanted to make sure that his scent would be remembered.

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      Jen Christopherson 5 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

      He ate some of other food he had hidden, then he lay next to her. He sniffed her and smelled her until he was sure he would remember her scent after she left.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      she had awoken and left so softly that he never even felt her. she was going down to the small stream to see what she could find to eat. The moon lit up the night , of course for her it was the best time to forage. along the way to the stream she kept a wary eye for insects and mice that happened to be taking their chances out in the cool night air.

      although she was looking for food she had on the back of her mind the encounter with the sensual male that she had found, or did he find her? she would go looking for him after dining on a frog or two, maybe she would get lucky and find a fish.

      then she would take him to her tree hole where maybe they would mate if he was ready for her, she figured that he would be after her easily wanting her have his brood.

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      Jen Christopherson 5 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

      He awoke with a start when his nose hit the ground. He looked around and sniffed. She was gone. She had left some time ago, but her scent could still be followed. Did she want him to follow her? Could he bear not to follow her?

      He roused himself and followed. If she fought him, at least she would be touching him...

      He followed her trail to the small stream and watched from the bushes as she attempted to catch a small fish.

      Something swelled in his chest, then it battered his brain. Was she catching a fish for him? Did she want to mate? Could he possibly be THAT lucky?

      He carefully gathered some roots and leaves, making a soft bed for them to lay on just outside of the bushes. Then, he gathered some edibles for them to munch on. Finally, he caught a frog and lay it next to where he lay down to watch her.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      she was waiting on the small fish to get closer so she could grab it with her claws. she knew that he was close for she could smell him when the wind blew his scent her way.

      She decided she would play coy and see what his next move would be. The moon's reflection off of the stream's shiny water shined in her small eyes, as she took her small paws and licked them.

      she heard him making noises in the brush behind her and was not to worried about what he doing, she figured he would protect her backside so she not really alert to any danger. after she grabbed the small fish and ate it she turned and started to move to where he was. she was feeling a warmth coming from her belly and it wasn't from the fish. She was ready to mate and if her instincts were right, he was to.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      First, you start with this gut wrenching story (your own) which shows you are strong and can do anything! You show the sorrow and pain you have endured to get where you are today. Surely, your guardian angel sits on your shoulder.

      Then you start this cool story about the two raccoons that needs to be written up in a hub, you two are doing a great job on this hub and need to continue it.

      This whole experience here has been full of surprises! God Bless you and may He always be there for you.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Mary, thank you . I don't know what happened to my writing partner. I pray to the lord that she is alright. I wish i could hear from her, she has problems just like any normal person , to overcome and i hope she has been strong and not succumbed to the pressures of everyday life. Thank you Mary.

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      Jen Christopherson 5 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

      I am back for a while I think, but I forgot which hub the raccoons are one! lol

      The male smelled something exciting in the air. She was ready, but was she willing to mate with him? He was excited, but not as stupid as he used to be. He had been attacked by a female who had not chosen him before. He absently scratched the old scar on his belly.

      He would let her lead the way. He would eagerly follow her anywhere...

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Ahh my little raccon. you came back to papa. are you okay?

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      As she walked over towards the male she knew he was waiting for her. his strong scent wafted through the breeze. she got close and then turned and stood on her hind legs, sniffed the air again and turned her body show he could catch her scent, he was ready now.

      she moved into the brush and scurried over to his side . they touched each others nose and the sparks flew. she brushed his body and moved against him making sure that he got a good smell as she flicked her tail up when his face was close to her tiny bottom. She could feel his excitement mounting as she finally stopped to let him mount her. Yes.... raccon love.

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      Jen Christopherson 5 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

      A ton of hospital visits, dr appointments and, well, the causes aren't so much fun either... I am good. I am doing very good.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      I am so happy that you are alright .i love you and worry about you one of my best friends forever.

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      Jen Christopherson 5 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

      I did not mean to worry you. I just couldn't get online for a while.

      Were you going to write the raccoon hub or was I, I cannot remember...

      And are we finished with the human lust story or were we going to turn it into a love story? I got lost somewhere... Sorry.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      it's your turn. you use it some people are waiting. You did a good job on the lion one.

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      Jen Christopherson 5 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

      Okay, I will have it up very soon... I hope... lol

      So you gonna write the human one? Or did you already and I missed it?

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      I have wrote on it. no i forgot what hub it was on? LOL do you remember?

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      Jen Christopherson 5 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

      An acrostic poem, I think...

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      nope, I will find it. can you look to

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      it is the hub, "the wrong write." I wrote last so it is your turn and you better make it good. write like you were thinking of your boyfriend , you and him alone together.!!!!! ooooh la, la,

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      Jen Christopherson 5 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

      It's on "The Wrong Write". I left a comment on that one too! lol

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      Liamryanburtmania 4 years ago

      Don't do drugs!!! They get you, into trouble, They get you really sick, They make you angry and to much can kill you!

      Don't smoke, don't take to Many tablets, and DON'T… drink!!!!

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Liamryanburtmania, wow, what a tag!!! thanks for reading my storie(s)

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