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Tag Archives: Heroin Addiction
Punchie’s legs are still looking pretty bad. I think photos like these should be taken into grade schools and shown to the kids. Prevention rather than criminal incarceration should be the first line of defense in attempting to reduce heroin use.
Heroin overdose… I’m at a loss right now, having just learned of your passing. You were a good man, Greg. I’m grateful that you were in my life. We talked about this day, about life, about death – about the struggle for meaning and purpose. You were a true talent, and a good soul. I will miss you.
Why I’m Suicidal – Greg Antczak
Greg was working on a song called “Grit Street” that we were going to use in a promotional video for my forthcoming book on heroin addiction. Greg had a special talent for sculpting images with words. He will be missed…
Obituary for Gregory Michael Antczak
Gregory Michael Antczak, age 33, of Cary passed away October 19, 2014 at his home. He was born July 19, 1981 in Chicago.
Greg is survived by his loving parents Lou and Celeste Antczak Corso. His daughter Ruby Louise Reitsma, four siblings: Richard (Lori) Antczak, Lucy (Billy) Weber, Phillip Corso and Paul Corso, his grandmother Diane Antczak and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his father Henry “Hank” Antczak and his grandparents Dolores McGhie, Pa Antczak, Nannie and Poppie Corso.
Here is the Tribute Wall for Greg Antczak. Visitation will be held today, October 23, from 4:00 until 9:00 PM at the Kahle-Moore Funeral Home.
“Who knows what I’ve injected into my body,” said heroin addict John Lee as he drew a fresh batch of heroin into his rig.
Having realized that he had forgotten to bring water, John frantically rummaged through discarded containers, searching for any remaining droplets of liquid in which to cook his freshly purchased heroin.
John found two containers which still had a little liquid in them.
John decided to use what was left in the Gatorade bottle.
In the past, I’ve watched John go so far as to draw muddy water from a puddle in order to dissolve his heroin. I am a strong advocate for more harm reduction programs which help encourage “Any Positive Change.”
One of the most horrifying things that I have encountered during the past 18 months of working my heroin documentary project, has been witnessing the severe abscesses many heroin addicts develop. Many long-term heroin users acquire these infections through the repeated use of the same needles, as well as from using dirty water to cook their heroin.
Punchie is one of several addicts whom I’ve come to know, who has developed several serious abscesses. Punchie is only 49 years old, and could now quite possibly need to have his leg removed. According to Punchie, doctors think the infection has now reached into his bone.
And yet… Punchie continues to inject heroin into the same leg, like some wounded animal that gnaws at its own limb in an attempt to free itself from the pains and shackles of life.
Sometimes I walk the streets for hours in a daze after visiting Punchie. I just can’t get my mind around it.
I’ve been spending a considerable amount of time with heroin addict, John Lee, lately. I really like John as a person, and it truly hurts watching him deteriorate.
The first shot was taken Thanksgiving morning, 2013. The other was taken just a few weeks back. John recently came close to death with a blood infection that was raging through his body, due to needles which were broken off in his flesh.