Here are the numbers. After my scholarship class, I’m thinking about what stats like this mean. It’s easy to think of drug addicts as people lay in gutters or are otherwise identifiable. That’s never been true, and the opioid crisis is showing us it is regular people everywhere, even people who don’t “believe” in using drugs and are functioning, like Prince. Given things I’ve seen and heard in my life recently, it would not surprise me if these percentages translated directly to my workplace and extended family. In other words, there is about a 1 in 10 chance when I ask for someone for something, whether it’s an order of fries or to setup a persistent drive letter for one of our computer users, the person I’m asking is stoned. At best they would test positive from recent use and are impaired.
I lived that way for a solid 5 years and few more years of intermittent use on either side of that. I had a huge safety net, so I didn’t ruin my own life, but who knows what damage I did or what I could I have done. No regrets, just saying I’m not blaming the world, I completely get it.