A Missouri mom has shared photos showing the toll drugs have taken on her son — turning the once-strapping young man into a scarily emaciated addict in just seven months.
“The face of heroin and meth,” Jennifer Salfen-Tracy wrote on Facebook alongside two shots highlighting the horrifying transformation of her son Cody Bishop, who is now homeless in Las Vegas.
“These pictures were taken 7 months apart. That is how fast someone is affected.”
Calling it a sad “reality for so many people and families,” the mom from Wentzville admitted it is a “heartache” she has previously kept hidden.
But she decided to share it in a call for action — and the post has since gone viral and shared 45,000 times.
“This is a true issue in our world today that we need to pull together and focus on to fix instead of the government worrying about and spending all their money on throwing each other under the bus,” she wrote.
“This is not just a problem that my family faces but almost everyone knows someone who has a drug/heroin addiction.”
Salfen-Tracy said she had not heard from her eldest son in weeks.
“Hearing how bad he is doing is hard but not hearing at all is worse,” she wrote. “Cody if you see this please call us … we love you!”
Read her full post below:
The face of heroin and meth...... is reality for so many people and families in this world today. This may be long so i apologize. For my family and friends who know me know that my oldest son Cody Bishop is suffering from his addiction. I am hesitant on sharing but many people ask how things are going so I feel I should share. I have learned along this path that so many people and families deal with the same heartache but just do not talk about it. This is A true issue in our world today that we need to pull together and focus on to fix instead of the government worrying about and spending all their money on throwing eachother under the bus.
Update..... Cody is still homeless in Las Vegas and I have not heard from him in weeks now. Hearing how bad he is doing is hard but not hearing at all is worse. The unknown is what makes A person not sleep at night. It is hard to understand how someone who has families and children who love and need them live the life they do. I have turned it over to God and pray that he decides he is tired of living like this and wants to come home to get help. Through social media I have came along so many great people that have crossed his path over time through his past rehab. They have A great support team with eachother that is amazing and I appreciate those who have reached out trying to help. I just want to say thank you to those who have talked to him and thank you for all the prayers. This is not just A problem that my family faces but almost everyone knows someone who has A drug/ heroin addiction. I pray for strength for those suffering and healing for their families and friends. FYI.... these pictures were taken 7 months apart. That is how fast someone is effected.... let’s get ahold of this issue America and help eachother. Thanks again for everyone’s love and support. And Cody is you see this please call us... we love you