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Aaron Kinney

Aaron Kinney

Name: Aaron Kinney
Age: 16
Year of the Fix: 2016
Location: Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Campaign: to send the message out that drugs as a coping mechanism

I was 12 when I started smoking cannabis.

 

I started smoking it with friends at weekends, then my uncle died and I couldn’t cope.

 

I couldn’t seem to talk to anyone so I smoked to make myself happy.

 

As I got older my depression got worse, so I smoked more.

 

It got to the point where I was smoking 15 joints a day and feeling too paranoid and anxious to leave the house.

 

I ended up stealing my mum’s money to fund my habit, and doing other things I’m not proud of.

 

The police got involved when I was 15 and that was my wake-up call.

 

They got me help from a doctor and I’m glad I stopped. I’m a lot happier now.

 

I made the film with Fixers to spread the message about the harm drugs do, and tell people not to use them as a coping mechanism. 

The following people supported me with this Fix: 

 

Amanda Pollock

Joe McNamee from the Northern Health and Social Care Trust

Greg Walker from the Youth Justice Agency

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