I was reading a story about actor Cory Monteith's death, and there was mention of his problems with drugs and alcohol starting when he was 13.
“Anything and everything, as much as possible,” was his drug of choice, he said.
While many might be shocked to read his problem began at 13, I am not. I grew up in a small town along the Colorado River with a 16-mile stretch of bars and resorts known as “The Strip,” where anything you might desire was, well, very attainable.
Drug abuse was no stranger to the kids I went to high school with. On occasion, classmates sitting next to me in class would pass out.
Many wondered how deep would it creep, and it went far. My little brother talked about it in the fifth grade. My sons talked about it in the third grade.
So, when Cory Monteith said he had a problem when he was 13, I'm not surprised, because I've already seen it. It's scary, but what's really scary is the fact that there is no solution to the problem.