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H is for Heroin; H is for Hate

My journalism students and I were talking about what brought them to college the other day when I asked them what has happened to their peers who didn’t go to college. One of my student said that her cousins inspired her to go to college because they were the perfect examples of what not to do with your life. Both of them had already had their first child before they were twenty. Two of my other students said that drugs had destroyed a good chunk of their cohort. Meth? I asked. Heroin, they replied. Apparently there had been five deaths by heroin overdose in one student’s graduating class. Oh yeah,the other added. Three kids he went to elementary school with are now dead from heroin. And he

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