Meth Addict's Son Speaks Out

Meth Addict's Son Speaks Out
By: CJ Cassidy

H

ere in the
H
eartland we know the terrible pain and suffering methamphetamine use can cause.
N
ow a
S
t.
L
ouis woman and her husband want
U.S.
leaders to realize just how harmful the drug is.

But they aren't the only ones making a statement.Their teenage son has attracted quite a bit of attention also.It's a story about beating the odds.

Joe Binkley, 18-years old, not only avoided going down the same path as his drug addicted parents, he's also proving himself a role model to other teens as he prepares to start a new life in the Heartland.

"T

he hearing was a very nerve wracking thing to do because you're getting up in front of senators and house members.

T

hey're asking you questions
, and
you've got to tell a story
," Binkley says.

T
hat story got nation-wide attention
T
uesday, along with a few chuckles.

"I
've been accepted to
Southeast Missouri State University
.
I
've only got two scholarships.
S
o
I
'm looking for a little more funding than that
," he says.
B
ack in
S
t.
L
ouis
W
ednesday
,
the
R
itnour
H
igh
S
enior slips back into his normal role as campus
DJ.

S
chool
,
he says helps him overcome the tough times.

B
ut even now
B
inkley str
u
ggles to forget the day he came face to face with his worst fears
:
his mother using drugs.

"W

henever
I
walked in she was surprised
. She
kind of like tried pulling her arms back
,
but she had a needle in her arms.
I
was stunned pretty much.
So I
closed the door, went to my room and cried
," he recalls.

T
oday
, B
inkley credits long term rehab programs for
helping his family and also
having a brighter future to look forward to.

H
e heads to
SEMO
this
F
all
,
armed with a 3.8 grade point average.

"I

'm kind of proud of myself now
, w
ith everyone paying attention I'm getting good jobs and pats on the back
," he says.

B

inkley
says he was never tempted to use drugs himself.

He

hopes to become a teacher when he graduates college.

H
e's already started reaching out to youngsters to tell them his story and also give them advice on how to stay away from drugs.

H
e plans to continue to do so when he starts college in the fall.

T
he government study that brought
Binkley
and his parents to
W
ashington
, D.C.
showed substance abuse admissions from methamphetamine have increased by 25
%
from 2002 until 2004.