The Epidemic of Our Generations: The Diagnosis

This is essay places my personal experience with drug addiction in a historical, societal, and structural perspective in order to explore the dynamics of power at work. Identifying a root cause for a problem that has plagued the black and brown community for multiple generations.

Hi, my name is em, and I am addicted to self harm. Drugs were my desired choice, and since then I have been addicted to narcotics and hard drugs. My preferred drug of choice was tramadol when I started. When I first started abusing drugs I was 15. I would take whatever I could find in those cabinets with tequila on the side, and go to bed. I don’t remember how long I kept that up…I don’t remember when it went from one tramadol in the morning and one at night, to 5 to 7 at a time throughout the day. I don’t remember what started it. I don’t remember. I just remember looking for a poison to drown in.