Being a heroin addict means that your entire life is dedicated to getting the drug and shooting up 3 to 4 times a day. It turns a decent human being into a raging animal, willing to do anything to get the drug or money to buy the drug. I stole from my parents, family members, friends and anyone else who allowed me to get near their money or expensive items. I would rob, steal, sell drugs and hustle money in order to pay for my heroin habit. Why, because that's what a heroin addict does to survive. I wasn't afraid of overdosing, getting arrested, getting HIV or Hepatitis C. Bottom line, I wasn't afraid of dying. All I wanted was to get as much heroin as I could afford. This type of behavior and obsession with heroin is not going to respond to billboards, public service announcements, hotlines or the overdose drug Narcan, and it's certainly not going to respond to "safe drug spaces" ("A safer way to do drugs?" Feb. 23).