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Letter to the Editor: Meth destroys lives and families, is not the Lakota way

Dear Editor,

My name is Waylon Young Bird I am an ex-member of CRST. This is an apology letter to the people, family, and friends of CRST to say I am very sorry to everyone I’ve hurt through my drug and alcohol use. I was addicted to methamphetamine (crystal meth) and alcohol, a legal drug. Both are very hard to get off, there in the free world.

I have disappointed a lot of my people, and carry a lot of shame and regret.

For the people that are still suffering, there is help out there and family that care for you. It sometimes takes someone else to see you need help, if you can’t see yourself. This drug and alcohol use is not our traditional or cultural ways, at all. These drugs destroy families and your health, it has taken quite a toll on my health and well-being.

I used to take drugs because of changes in my way of life, to fit in, escape or relax, relieve boredom, to rebel against family problems or just to experiment. Loss of loved ones was a major one to me.

Whether you inhale, smoke, inject or take it orally, it is dangerous. You may develop a strong desire to continue using it because the drug creates a false sense of happiness and while it brings a rush (strong feeling) of confidence, hyper activeness and energy, it results in loss of appetite, rapid weight loss and teeth too.

The first experience might feel pleasurable, but it’s just the beginning of a user’s life being destroyed. This drug is used by all ages, youth and older people, people who work near you, stores, shops, offices and even law enforcement, are people who use but all try to fool themselves and others. But eventually, it will catch up with the user sooner or later, it is highly addictive.

I am not taking studies to how it affects the health and destroys families and lives. I am in Narcotics Anonymous and AA meetings, and could use some support. If you would like to write me to give encouraging words or if you have any questions that may help you in any way, please write.

Meth only leads to problems, hospitals, or death. And if you continue to use, you may end up in trouble with law, in court, treatment, or prison. Think of your kids and family because you may not receive a second chance. Thank you! Take care of each other.

To write and support or if you have any questions, here is my address:

Waylon M. Young Bird #04082-073

Medical Center for Federal Prisoners (MCFP)

P.O. Box 4000

Springfield, MO  65801

Sincerely,

Waylon Young Bird