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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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