YOU THOUGHT THAT WAS A GOOD IDEA?

YOU THOUGHT THAT WAS A GOOD IDEA?

Matt HealeySunday,30 June 2013

The Snap:

There is a lot of weed on the Appalachian Trail (AT). Personally, since I have never used any drugs before this hike, I find no reason to start now. However, a lot of people think the hike is better high.

The Download:

Weed is one thing. We can have a discussion about how bad for you it is compared to alcohol, tobacco or McDonalds. We can discuss whether the current drug laws are a good idea with respect to pot. But I think that we can all agree (or can we?) that heroin is in a different league. It is far more addictive and dangerous. So I feel like I am on solid ground when I say that taking heroin is a questionable choice.

It is even a more questionable choice when you take it on the AT. The reason for that is if something goes wrong, there are no medical facilities close by. So the already high risks of heroin are elevated. This was what a fellow thru hiker that I had walked with for a few days discovered. He is dead. Overdosed on heroin a few days after I got off the trail for my anniversary. I have to ask why he thought that was a good idea.


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