Solvents, Hash, Marijuana, LSD, XTC, Cocaine and Heroin. For many of us, the closest we get to these substances is watching tv dramas like Breaking Bad. For others, experimentation in their teens was as wild as it got. But for some, the rabbit hole is much deeper and the life consequences that follow are rarely positive. What substances are on the streets nowadays? Why do young teens turn to drugs or pills at all? How can we keep younger generations from venturing down that path? Today’s episode is a bit different to usual. Myself, Mar and Jimmy were fortunate enough not to have be snared by any major substance abuse addictions. Truth be told, I had a very sheltered childhood so I’m as far from an expert on this topic as you’re likely to get. However, we were introduced to two fellow podcasters who have been in the trenches and survived to tell the story.
James Leonard and Timmy Long (aka "The Two Norries") are 2 friends from the Northside of Cork City, who found themselves entangled in a life of drug addiction from their teens into early adulthood. Their addictions were slightly different but ultimately they both ended up on paths that led to the prison system. Having overcome their addictions and re-discovering education, they started their podcast ("The Two Norries") as a way to help others who may be suffering through similar hardships and to help find solutions to the various issues that lead to a life of Substance Abuse and Crime. Check out their podcast on all your favourite podcast apps or by following the links on their website at https://thetwonorriespodcast.com/
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