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Mom Died Due To Drugs, And Dad Decided To Film Son’s Reaction

Mom Died Due To Drugs, And Dad Decided To Film Son’s Reaction

To lose a parent at an early age is a heart-breaking experience. When Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark learned that the mother of his son had died from a heroin overdose, he was faced with the task of delivering the worst news imaginable to the young boy.

A recovering addict himself, he was forced to sit down with his son and explain that his mother had passed away after taking a lethal amount of heroin.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQDJJEeJt4I

Drug abuse doesn’t just affect the user

In the video, Bickerstaff-Clark is positioned across the table from his son. Holding onto the child’s hand, he briefly tells him the circumstances of his mother’s death. Both father and son are visibly traumatized, with the latter crying in the arms of the woman seated next to him.

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    Photo: Brendan Bickerstaff-Clark sits down with his son to break the tragic news.

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      Photo: His son collapses with grief into the arms of the woman next to him.

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      Bickerstaff-Clark chose to record his son’s reaction as a stark warning to addicts everywhere. It has been viewed more than 14 million times. He has sent out a plea to all addicts via his Facebook page, urging them to “…get help so that our children don’t have to suffer.”

      Featured photo credit: Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark via facebook.com

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      Let’s face it.  We are living in a digital age, and there is absolutely no turning back. One of the biggest influences on society these days is social media. It affects us both positively and negatively. Social media was originally designed for people to share interesting facets of their lives with their friends, but it has become so much more than what it intended to be. It is now a medium for information to pass around the globe. In many cases, people first learn about current events through Twitter or Facebook before hearing about them from conventional news sources.

      We also rely on technology for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.

      However, there is also a downside to be too connected to social media and electronic devices. We are too dependent on them, which make us oblivious to what we are doing to ourselves. Being too connected can have a negative effect on our lives and the society as a whole. Here are 10 true illustrations that show how our society is negatively impacted because of the use of technology.

      1. Facebook is eating away at your time.

      Facebook is eating away your time

        How much time do you usually spend each day on Facebook or other social networking sites? Is it hindering your productivity? Do you find yourself wasting time to a point where you don’t even know where it goes? If the answer is yes, Facebook might have eaten away at your time.

        2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”

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        Likeaholic

          When you are posting something on Facebook, are you doing it just to see how many of your friends will give it the proverbial thumbs up? This illustration shows that some people are treating “Likes” on Facebook as if it was a drug they needed to inject into their bloodstreams.

          3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.

          priorities

            Given a choice between your dying phone battery or you dying, which will you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose to charge his phone over to sustain his own life. As a society, we need to be more careful of our priorities.

            4. Our devices are ruining intimacy.

            lack of intimacy

              Have you and your loved one ever spent time together where each of you is on your phone instead of communicating face-to-face with each other? Has society reached the point where we can’t even be intimate with each other without being on our phones at the same time?

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              5. Families aren’t spending quality time together.

              mother baking

                Here is a mother making holiday cookies, but what are the kids doing? They are not making cookies with their mother. Instead, every one of them has their faces buried in their own electronic devices. Television used to be what parents use to babysit their kids. Now, it’s a tablet, phone, laptop or video game that does the job.

                6.  We’d rather record someone than help them.

                drowning

                  A lot is happening in this illustration. A black man is drowning and asking for help. One person has a gun pointed at him. The other person has their iPhone pointed at him and is recording the scene, but is not interested to help this man.

                  7. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.

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                  sleeping your life away

                    Time is money. After we have wasted the long period of time on social media, we are losing the most valuable currency we have – our time in this world.

                    8.  Despite all the technology we have, we still want what someone else has.

                    wanting what someone else is having

                      There’s an old saying that goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” This illustration shows that despite all that we have, we are still not satisfied with our lives.

                      9. Sensationalism still sells.

                      free expression

                        With the information overload that exists today, the media still looks for sensationalism. Here’s a woman who feels she has something important to say, but the media only cares about her because she is naked. Would the news media still have microphones in front of her if she wasn’t standing there topless?

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                        10. In the end, with all of this, we are still killing the planet.

                        gun to mother earth

                          This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting the earth as if we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and higher technology, how much more damages can we continue to do before putting our lives at risk?

                          Featured photo credit: Michael Summers via flickr.com

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