Yesterday, the world reeled to learn that Bon Jovi‘s teen daughter had overdosed on heroin in her dorm room at Hamilton College. While it was a little too real for most of us to imagine well-heeled nineteen-year-olds using heroin, it happens more than you want to think. Her friends called the cops–resulting in her arrest–but what other recourse did they have? Editors Jennifer Wright and Ashley Cardiff discuss the tricky business of dealing with a close friend’s drug problem.
Jennifer: So, Jon Bon Jovi’s daughter got arrested for doing heroin. What I find most surprising about this is that, supposedly, her friends turned her in? To the police? First of all, I cannot imagine being in a room with anyone doing heroin, because I am really dull. But I double plus cannot imagine, upon seeing, I don’t know, you, doing heroin, picking up the phone and saying “I’m going to let the po-po handle this.”
Ashley: You have to stop using “po-po.” Please. For everybody.
Jennifer: That’s what people in the know call them. It’s in Urban Dictionary.
Ashley: Also. I believe they called the police because they thought she had overdosed? As in, they called 9-1-1 because it was an emergency? Hopefully not because they felt it to be perfecting narking time? …The narking hour?
Jennifer: The narking hour is 7:52 in my house, because you can still get in a late movie afterwards!
Ashley: That makes a lot of sense.
Jennifer: It does. As does calling the police when you think someone has overdosed.