For some of you this may hit closer to home than others, but up until last year this epidemic of overdose deaths never hit close to home for me. Coincidentally several years ago when I saw the numbers running up at insane rates (400% for some states) I decided to focus most of my history studies on previous epidemics and keep up with the what was going on. I had just started my second semester dedicated to the study of the history of narcotics when boom 3 AM starting my paper on the Harrison Act, legislation that made various drugs such as heroin and cocaine illegal, my girlfriends brother overdoses and dies. Now some of you might be thinking, big deal, wasn't your brother. But the reality is i've struggled with her in dealing with this. Her brother wasn't a doctor or someone entirely successful, but he was a hard working guy with 3 kids, I saw them every holiday and spent time with him and gave him a break when his kids ran him around the yard. I knew him for a long time and had gotten on really good terms with him when his life ended. I know some of you might be dealing with something like this. For both my girlfriend and I this was a shock, we didn't even know he'd been using. And the guy who was supposed to be my brother-in-law is gone.