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    A big part of my inspiration for The Drug Report was Beth Pearce's amazing film, VOICE OF THE VICTIMS: TRUE STORIES OF ECSTASY AND KETAMINE. The film simply lets the victims of drug tragedies tell their stories. It's real life, it's undeniable, and it's incredibly powerful. I'm sure Beth has saved many, many lives, and it is my hope that this blog will do so as well. To learn more about her film, go to Voice Of The Victims.

    FACTS ARE FACTS

    A friend of mine likes to say, "You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts."

    When it comes to drugs, there are lots of opinions out there: Some think drugs are safe and fun, some think they're dangerous and frightening, and many think everything in between.

    But facts are facts, and when someone dies from drugs, or someone is murdered by a person who is on drugs, or is raped by someone who has given them drugs, that's just a fact. Drug users who actively promote drug use rail against these facts, and I expect they'll be commenting regularly on The Drug Report. But they can't change the facts.

“No More Sunsets”

Posted by Childress on June 10, 2006

His movie career is doomed to not go too far … and that's just what he wants.

Shawn Bridges is a meth addict who is dying from his addiction.  Here's his dad:

I'd say he's got a 34-year-old body on the outside with 70- to 80-year-old man on the inside.

Bridges is letting his dying days be filmed so others can see first hand what meth can do to a healthy young man and avoid repeating the mistake he, and so many others, have made.  The resulting film is called "No More Sunsets."

Here's excerpts from a powerful story in the Washington Post:

By his family's account, Bridges already died twice, his heart so ravaged by meth over the years that it stopped and had to be shocked back into beating. "The bottom half of his heart is dead," his dad laments on camera. …

Bridges' life now isn't much. Largely bedridden, his constant companions are the catheter that funnels the urine out of his body and the feeding tube sticking from his stomach.

When he does speak, it's in guttural slurs. "Ahmmmmmmm collllllllllllllllllllllld," Shawn, dressed in boxer shorts and sweat socks, said recently from a hospital-style bed wedged into his father's living room. His dad hustled to blanket him. …

"It just really hurts seeing him the way he is," [his brother] says in the documentary, wiping away tears. "As soon as he knows he's done good, he'll be able to go home."

This film may help many people, just as the Voice of the Victims films have helped kids better understand club drugs.  More power to Shawn for realizing that even though he'd messed up his life badly, he had a chance to end it well before meeting his Maker.

The film is supposed to be available through its production company.  I'm having trouble finding ordering information, but you can view a powerful trailer for the film here.

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3 Responses to ““No More Sunsets””

  1. If you are still trying to get a copy of the tape you can call Chip at Rossetti Productions at 618 922 6063 or send a check or money order of $20 to Chip Rossetti 1400 Chestnut Marion,IL 62959

    I am Shawns Brother we have a myspace site for shawn it is http://www.myspace.com/shawnbridges

    Shawn would like to get emails about how his story is helping people or letters though mail. shawn_bridges@sbcglobal.net
    Shawn Bridges
    c/o Jack Bridges
    554 Woodbine PL
    Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
    Thanking you for talking about his story and helping us get it out to the people

  2. Hello,
    I just wanted to thank you for your story. I read your story for the first time today. I am an ex-meth addict. I did some time in prison for meth and other drugs. When I got out I turn my life around. I let Jesus be my every thing. I now run a meth group here in Rochester, Indiana. The first meth group in this State, up until about 4 moths ago. We show alot of meth video’s. I hear about yours.I am looking forward to showing it in my meth group. God bless you and yours.
    Sincerely,
    Deborah Moss Ministries

  3. Childress said

    God bless you in your work, Deborah. Christ is the answer and has the power to lead people away from even the worst addictions.

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