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Heroin Memorial - 2016/01/09 - Kevin Outen - Age 24 yrs - Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania

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2016/01/09 - Kevin Outen - Age 24 yrs - Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Michelle Outen - Parent

Name: Kevin Outen
State:  Pennsylvania, 17361

Date of Passing: 01/09/2016
Date of Birth: June 6 1991
Age: 24 

Tell Us About Them:

Kevin was a caring loving young man who loved his family he has 6 nieces and 1 nephew which he adored. He was a hard worker and smile that would light up a room


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Kevin was in rehab twice in pa. After an overdose he went to Florida the next day to seek further help that he wasn't getting here. His first rehab in Pa is where he learned to shoot it. In Flordia the halfway house he was in was terrible the drugs were everywhere


What Made Them Smile?

His family and friends


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His smile his quick wit and amazing personally


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

What could I say-all the things I said on a daily basis. I would ask him where all my spoons were

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/02/21 - Jason Balasus - Age 42 yrs - Dundalk, Maryland

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2016/02/21 - Jason Balasus - Age 42 yrs - Dundalk, Maryland

Submitted by: Jackie Rineer - Sibling

Name: Jason Balasus
State:  Please choose a state., 21222

Date of Passing: 02/21/2016
Date of Birth: 01/07/1974
Age: 42 

Tell Us About Them:

My brother was funny, loving, and caring. I think everyone he met liked him and thought he was such a nice person. He loved making others happy however he could. He had such a big heart, he took his good friends sister, who is mentally challenged, to her prom because he cared about her. That's just the kind of person he was.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

I don't know exactly when it started but when he met heroin it went downhill quickly. He struggled with that for several years, and drinking. Eventually after one failed rehab attempt, he got on methadone. He was in that for about 10 years. I don't think the drinking ever stopped though. He had to stop the methadone because of money problems so he decided to quit drinking as well and get healthy! I guess it was much more of a struggle then he let his family know, we thought he was doing great! Then I got a call that he was found deceased from an apparent heroin overdose.


What Made Them Smile?

He loved music and spending time with his family. He adored his nephew, my son. They were best buddies!he also loved animals including his very special cat, Hope.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His sense of humor. He always made us laugh!!!!


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I'm sorry. I'm sorry I couldn't help you.

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#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/12/23 - Jason Freburger - Age 29 yrs - Pasadena, Maryland

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2015/12/23 - Jason Freburger - Age 29 yrs - Pasadena, Maryland

Submitted by: Debbie Freburger - Parent

Name: Jason Freburger
State:  Maryland, 21122

Date of Passing: 12/23/15
Date of Birth: 9/13/86
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

He was an electrician, loved his family and wanted to live a simple life.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He was in several inpatient rehabs(never allowed enough time there) horrible unaccountable halfway homes, IOP's and drug court. He wanted so bad to be clean. We talked about it all the time. He was truly in the fight of his life.


What Made Them Smile?

His family, fishing, puppies and xbox.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Being alive and with us.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

Dad and I love you so much and even though you lost, we're so proud of the battle you put up against Heroin.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/02/17 - Tiffany Ewen - Age 25 yrs - Greeley, Colorado

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2016/02/17 - Tiffany Ewen - Age 25 yrs - Greeley, Colorado

Submitted by: Bonnie Ewen - Parent

Name: Tiffany Ewen
State:  Colorado, 80634

Date of Passing: 02/17/2016
Date of Birth: 08/2111/1990
Age: 25 

Tell Us About Them:

Tiffany had a heart of gold who blessed everyone she came in contact with. She cared so much for and helped others. She was artistic and talented. She enjoyed singing, playing guitar, acting and drawing. She had a close relationship with her family, especially with her mother. She had an amazing sense of humor. She loved to read and especially loved the Harry Potter series.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Tiffany became addicted to painkillers that her doctor was handing out to her like candy. This eventually turned into a heroin addiction. She got clean in March of 2013 and stayed clean for 18 months. She relapsed and overdosed, but her mother who checked on her got her to the hospital in time. She then moved to Colorado to go to treatment. She relapsed a few times, but then stayed clean for around a year. She relapsed approximately 2 months before her death, unbeknownst to her family. She died of a heroin overdose on 2/17/2016.


What Made Them Smile?

Her family and friends. Funny TV shows and movies. She was an avid fan of Lady Gaga and saw her in concert twice. Anything Lady Gaga made her smile. So did singing and music.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Everything. I miss everything about her. Her voice, her laughter, conversations with her, her love and spirit, her sense of humor. I miss everything.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I miss you so much my baby girl. I love you always forever. I know you are always with me. Please keep sending me signs that you are ok.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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* Feel free to make supportive comments about this article at the bottom of this page using your Facebook profile.

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 Below is a video our nonprofit here created from pictures that members from the private group at Heroin Memorial gave us permission to use in our public YouTube video to help break the STIGMA around addiction.

Click here to Purchase Wristbands to support Heroin Support Inc, a 501(c)3 Nonprofit.  Below are some of the wristbands we carry.   

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/12/07 - Steven Walsh - Age 31 yrs - Warren, Michigan

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12/0715 - Steven Walsh - Age 31 yrs - Michigan

Submitted by: Connie DeMetsenare - Parent

Name: Steven Walsh
State:  Michigan, 48088

Date of Passing: 12/0715
Date of Birth: 11/04/84
Age: 31 

Tell Us About Them:

Steven Walsh was more than a death certificate, Steve was bigger than life.
I knew this day was coming, I have been battling to keep him alive for the past 5 years. I went on the roller coaster ride of his life, as a mother, it is your job to keep your children safe.
I realized that night that my life has forever changed. I have spent the last 5 years with only one goal. Keeping him alive. I have neglected my family, my home, my job, my friends and myself.
Steve loved, passionately. If you were his friend, you were his friend. It didn't matter what color you were, what sexual preference you had, what you did for a living. He loved you.
His legacy is that everyone is different, everyone has a worth and everyone was worthy of love. Period.
I grieve for my son, I grieve for his friends, his children, but mostly I grieve for what he could have been.
Steve was more than just a bipolar drug addict. He was my son. He was a brother, a father, a friend. He was a fellow human that felt pain and happiness and he was too much for this world.
Your energy is back to the cosmos, Steve. Fly free. Rest your head and feel the love you have left behind.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Steve had been off and on heroin for years, he would get off of it and then something would happen and right back to it he ran. His last few months alive, he overdosed multiple times, barely surviving each one. Until the last... God, I miss him so much!


What Made Them Smile?

Steve was a performer, he loved his craft and loved to make people feel his energy. He loved to challenge your thoughts on different subjects and would debate for hours on anything. He loved science; he had an incredible brain.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything. There is not one thing more important than the other. I will say I miss his voice, his love he showed me daily.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

This is hard to answer, we are Atheist, and therefore do not believe in angels.
I don't have to say anything else to him, we said it all before he died. We both knew this day was coming, we talked at great lengths about it. I am comfortable that all that needed to be said was said.

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#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

www.HeroinMemorial.org   www.HeroinSupport.org 

Click here to submit your own memorial tribute.

 

* Feel free to make supportive comments about this article at the bottom of this page using your Facebook profile.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel  #HeroinMemorial   www.HeroinMemorial.org      www.HeroinSupport.org  

 Below is a video our nonprofit here created from pictures that members from the private group at Heroin Memorial gave us permission to use in our public YouTube video to help break the STIGMA around addiction.

Click here to Purchase Wristbands to support Heroin Support Inc, a 501(c)3 Nonprofit.  Below are some of the wristbands we carry.   

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