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Shattered Dreams and Broken Hearts: Fentanyl The Killer by Sylvia Abolis Mennear is the heartbreaking story of a young man named Aaron James and his endless struggle with addiction and his many attempts at detoxing until his eventual tragic and traumatic death. Mennear provides statistics that show the devastating truth of addiction to many types of opiates and Fentanyl, as well as the lack of assistance available to those who are seeking help. She also accurately and efficiently outlines the signs of drug use as well as insight into how hard it is to deal with the aftermath of losing someone you love dearly to such a powerful drug that influences and changes the user in so many drastic ways. Mennear’s story is devastating and tragic. Shattered Dreams and Broken Hearts is a courageous attempt to help others facing these horrifying situations.
I have learned a lot from Shattered Dreams and Broken Hearts: Fentanyl The Killer. Sylvia Abolis Mennear has shared a horrible experience in hopes of enlightening others on the harsh realities of drugs and the global crisis that addiction has become. I recommend Mennear’s story to anyone, whether they are facing addiction or not because knowledge really is power and the story of Aaron James and his crisis has the power to change the life of anyone who reads it. I love how Mennear shared statistics and solid facts about the opiate crisis that is plaguing several countries so that others may learn just how bad drug addiction has gotten. I truly hope that Mennear and her family can find at least some peace in knowing that her courage and honesty will touch hearts and lives and educate others about drug addiction and the aftermath. I also hope that Mennear continues writing as she gains more insight into this horrific global crisis.