Julie grew up in the heart of Dublin's north inner city, in Sheriff Street. Living in this tough area, she was exposed to crime and drugs. She started using heroin when she was 16. By the time she was 18 she was a chronic addict. This story details how she spent the next four years living on the streets of Dublin; dealing drugs and stealing to feed her habit. It is a snapshot of how a young girl became a victim of circumstances. It happened in Dublin, but it could have happened anywhere in the world. Her life was saved by a chance encounter with a drugs counsellor who brought her to first to London, and then to America where she de-toxed and slowly began to rebuild her life.
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About the Author
Julie O'Toole comes from the inner city of Dublin. Her book, Heroin, is the story of her own life. For years she lived as a heroin addict and drug dealer, before finally conquering her addiction. She now works in Dublin as a drugs counsellor.