‘I was a bit worried’: Woman finds life ‘haunted’ by drug-taking boyfriend
A mother-of-two has told of her “terrible” experience of drug addiction when her boyfriend took drugs to cope with the illness.
Kirsten MacLeod said she was “very nervous” after meeting a drug dealer in her hometown of New Jersey in October 2016 and being prescribed a substance called fentanyl.
She said her boyfriend was “the king of the drugs” and “didn’t like to get high” and that she had “really good friends” who she described as “good friends” with the dealer.
“It was like a big nightmare and I was very worried about him,” Ms MacLeod, who is of Asian descent, told Al Jazeera.”[He] was very, very strong and had a lot of confidence, I think he was really confident in himself.”
“He was like, ‘It’s just fentanyl, I can take it, it’s just going to work, I don’t need it’,” she said.
“And then I realised, oh my god, he wasn’t going to take it.”
“I was really, really, very nervous, it was really hard.
I couldn’t stop thinking about him.”
The drugs’ addicting effectsThe prescription of fentanyl and heroin were prescribed by the dealer, who was later killed by police.
“I knew that this was going to be really bad for him, I knew that his mental health was going down, I was going through it, and he was just going crazy,” Ms McLeod said.
She went to the police after she discovered her boyfriend had been “using drugs”.
“I don’t know why, but he was like crazy,” she said, describing him as “just a really, strong guy”.
“The way he talked, the way he looked at me.
He was very nice, and I could see he was struggling.””
My only advice would be to get help if you feel like you are going to get sick,” she added.”
There are so many different ways to get drugs in your system, and if you are in that position, get help.”
She said she felt “very lucky” she was able to stop her boyfriend’s drug use, which she said had “been a nightmare”.
“If he had taken fentanyl and [had] taken something else, I could have been dead,” she told Aljazeera.
“The drugs are just so addictive and you can feel the effects of it when you use it.”
A year later, she said she had become “frail and weak”.
She said the “nightmare” had become more real for her after she “experienced a horrible event” after her boyfriend “snuck out” during a trip to the US.
“My boyfriend, he had been gone for two years,” she recalled.
“He had a girlfriend who he had moved into a new apartment and then he just left.”
They were going to have a baby in November and they had a big party, they had two children and then suddenly he was gone.
It was not an option’Her ordeal ended when she was taken to a hospital, where she was diagnosed with a fatal overdose.””
It was really horrible.”‘
It was not an option’Her ordeal ended when she was taken to a hospital, where she was diagnosed with a fatal overdose.
“You can’t tell someone who is in this situation what they need to do to stay safe,” she recounted.
I think I’ll die’Ms MacLeod went on to become an advocate for drug users and said she hoped “the system would change”.””
I said, ‘I have to go, I have to tell you what I need’.”‘
I think I’ll die’Ms MacLeod went on to become an advocate for drug users and said she hoped “the system would change”.
“There is a lot to change about the way the system works, because I think I’m going to die,” she explained.
A new drug, like heroin, I just don’t think will work for me.””
If it didn’t, I wouldn’t be where I am now, and so I want the world to change.”
A new drug, like heroin, I just don’t think will work for me.
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