Wake up, Payson!
I graduated from Payson High School in 1998. When in high school I remember being shocked and saddened when a student in my P.E. class committed suicide. Like many who do, there were no warning signs that we noticed, everything seemed fine.
I am writing this today because there is a drug epidemic in Payson, warning signs are and have been everywhere, but it has just become worse over the years. In the last two weeks, two Payson High grads have died from heroin overdoses (that we know of).
Out of just my small clique from high school, five people have died from drug/alcohol related incidents or suicide.
I have lost count now of how many young people I knew from Payson who are dead now or are on their way there because of what used to be a meth problem and has now blossomed into a heroin one.
I don’t know what the solution is, but I know that the parents, town, school and church leaders need to open their eyes to it.
For a town of this size — that is such a fine place to live — it is not normal and it is a tragedy that so many young lives are being wasted.