by Julian, originally posted on Odyssey
In loving memory of Nick Phelan, age 28, February 14th, 2016
We know you didn’t grow up hoping to become an addict. We know that it wasn’t all your fault. We know that if you had the chance you’d much rather be making music above ground, rather than 6 feet under. But the world lost a genuine and altruistic young man just a couple weeks ago. And for that none of us can seem to forgive ourselves. Not one person I have spoken to so far has had a bad word to say about you. Because you were and will always be a memorable part of the lives you’ve come across. But the fact of the matter is that you were just a victim in the game of drug abuse. In our state alone, the rate of heroin-related deaths has skyrocketed to be more than three times the national average. Three times. In our hometown of Edison, NJ, it is as easy to come across heroin as it is to find an Arizona Iced Tea at your local convenience store. None of us blames you.
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Julian is a senior heading to American University and planning to be a patent attorney.