As the interviewer for PDX Real Community Engage Reporting, I am committed to providing authentic and unapologetic reporting that highlights the issues that our community needs to hear about, but may not be getting from mainstream media or our governing bodies. Today, we are talking about the ongoing drug epidemic in Portland, specifically the impact of meth and fentanyl on our community.

I am joined by Steven, who has been through a remarkable journey of recovery and has graciously shared his story with us. Steven, thank you for being here and for your bravery in sharing your experiences.

In our conversation, we discuss the video that was posted of Steven during a moment of psychosis, and how it made him feel to see himself in that situation. We also talk about the regret and humility that he felt when he saw the video, and how it made him realize the importance of seeking help and getting sober.

I want to take a moment to acknowledge Steven’s courage in sharing his story, and to let him know that he is loved and supported by this community. His honesty and willingness to share his experiences are a testament to the strength and resilience of those who are struggling with addiction.

As we delve into the issues facing our community, it is important to approach the topic with sensitivity and understanding. We must recognize that addiction is a disease, and that those who are struggling deserve compassion and support, rather than judgment or blame.