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The Quiet Epidemic

Published on 6/9/2017
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The Quiet Epidemic

Kyle Ray Biggerstaff

January 4, 1988 - June 3, 2017

My Little Big Man, My Nephew


This is not a reflection of Kyle and his family. Kyle’s end came swiftly before much could be done.


We have an epidemic of our young dying in their twenties from drug overdose. Sadly though it does not begin or end there.


Daily there are thousands of children being affected because of their parents addiction of drug and sometimes alcohol abuse.  

Children go hungry, live in filth and are often left to fend for themselves. They are:

  • Emotionally abused
  • Spiritually abused
  • Mentally abused  
  • And worse, sometimes physically abused


Image result for the ugliness of heroin


Agreed that the addicted should have options for recovery from their self centered life of pleasure before responsibility. But let’s get away from their expectations of self pity … because that’s what it all about folks …

  • Poor me and my childhood
  • Poor me because I have to follow the rules
  • Poor me because I have to work for what I want
  • Poor me because my life is tough
  • Poor me. Poor me. Poor me

I say that their attitude of, ‘I did not ask to be born so the world owes me” needs to be immediately slapped out of them - and each and every single time they say it. Why? Because that is the starting line.  

That sentence mixed with drug use when said, is the exact moment their impending death begins. Even if there no drug use, you can bet, they expect someone to pay for their descent into excuse city.


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Here is where the feeding begins. Hoping for change, parents start taking away from themselves to pay for living expenses for the user. The county or the state steps in eventually, usually because of an arrest.

There is court, lawyers for the defendant and for the children of the defendant. Child Protective Services appointed to monitor. Probation eventually. Where does the money come from?

The user’s are then released into a system that fails them because there is no real support. With very little accountability held, it requires no real change. So, once again, the cycle begins.


This time, let’s have a discussion.

We may not find all of the answers but, even one idea

is better than what we have right now  


Without sounding cliche, real change must begin at the home.


 Image result for the ugliness of heroin

Change must begin inside our schools, our churches and on the streets that line our cities. Does anyone remember the word reverence? It is one of those words that is rarely spoken now.


As a noun: Deep respect for someone or something

As a verb: Regard or treat with deep respect


I think it is a great place to start.

Now, what do you think?


Thank you for stopping by!


Micky Gramlin


"When you Sing" Mantra - Tina Turner y otros

“When you sing, you do the right thing. When you pray, you find the right way. When you move, you find the right groove."
~Tina Turner

Last thing I sent to Kyle, these 6 videos, 

May 28th,17 trying to reach out to him. 

Love you my "Little Big Man"




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