Nobody wanted to hear this news, but it’s now, seemingly, in front of us. Based on a statement released by Andy Reid and his family, Garrett Reid, 29, died due to his addiction to drugs.
“Garrett’s road through life was not always an easy one. He faced tremendous personal challenges with bravery and spirit. As a family, we stood by him and were inspired as he worked to overcome those challenges. Even though he lost the battle that has been ongoing for the last eight years, we will always remember him as a fighter who had a huge, loving heart.
The “ongoing eight-year battle” is a clear reference to his past issues with drugs that caused his arrest in 2007 and 2009.
If there is a lesson here it’s that drugs addiction is a disease that is tough to overcome no matter what side of the tracks you are from. This is just another young life lost to drugs. Too many of our young people have their lives ruined by dope.
According to the Center for Disease control, 36,000 people per year OD on drugs. Moreover, 15,000 die due to abuse of prescription drugs. Keep in mind, these are just the number of deaths and not the number of people’s whose lives are ruined by them.
Deaths like this must stop and hopefully at least one kid remembers this sad situation and declines trying drugs in the future.