It is not unusual for us to see the drug-related exploits and downfall of celebrities
, as in one way or another these have become a whole industry in itself. More often than not, these celebrities do not necessarily choose to have their dirty linen hanging out for the world to see.
It is rather unusual, however, to find everyday citizens who choose to lay bare their family secrets to the world. But when Paul and Cheryl Vanacore of Lancaster read about an attempted suicide by a man and a woman in their 20s who were addicted to heroin
on The Buffalo News, they decided to share their story.
In another feature
on The Buffalo News the Vanacores share their experience with their eldest son Joshua, who is now serving a ten-year sentence for robberies that he committed in order to get money to finance his heroin habit.
Joshua Vanacore, however, did not have the kind of childhood that is stereotypical of a drug addict. His family moved to Lancaster from California when he was in the third grade. He played soccer as a kid and graduated from Lancaster Central High School in 2003. Cheryl reminisces: “He was a good boy. He came home every night for dinner, he came home every night for curfew. We never had any issue like that — never, ever in his whole life. I just can’t even believe what happened.”
It was after his graduation that Joshua started experimenting with painkillers Lortab and OxyContin. As he needed an increasing number of pills to get high, a friend introduced him to a cheaper alternative – heroin.