Recovered drug addict uses past to highlight horrors of abuse
A recovering drug addict is highlighting the horrors of abuse in a bid to help debunk the secrecy surrounding dependence.
Pat Buckley will hold a special talk in Blenheim where he will talk candidly about his experiences while highlighting current drug trends and dangers.
He says he wants students to hear a "real life" perspective in a bid to stop them from ever being tempted to try drugs.
The recovering heroin addict set up the Amped4Life Trust in 2002 with the goal of educating and empowering young people with the tools and life skills needed to make informed life choices.
Pat, who has been substance free since November 1995, says his talks have received positive feedback, especially among students.
"Because I make myself vulnerable to them, they make themselves available to me.
"I keep it raw and real," he says.
Now a part-time ambulance officer, Pat almost died three times as a result of an unintentional overdose.
He vowed to ditch the drugs for good and spent time in a residential programme.
"I was playing a game of Russian roulette; it was a game I was never going to win.
"At the end of every presentation I do, I leave all my details so that people can contact me. Some students need someone safe they can talk to and I'm that person, I can help," he says.
The free event will be held at the Marlborough Boys' College Hall on June 29 from 7pm to 8.30pm.
- The Marlborough Express