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Heroin Memorial - 2018/09/24 - Jared Murphy - Age 29 yrs - Richmond, Virginia

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Submitted by: Damon Murphy - Brother

Name: Jared Murphy
State:  Virginia, 23222
Date of Passing: 09/24/ 2018
Date of Birth: 02/17/1989
Age: 29

Tell Us About Them:

Did you ever meet a man so warm and intriguing that you didn't want to stop talking to him? Then you met my best friend and brother Jared (Gene) Murphy. Jared was a bright light, rugged outdoorsman, talented speaker, authentic feeler, and the most masculine tender spirit I ever encountered- textbook gentle giant. Jared made friends easily with people on the streets and upper management at the fortune 100 company where he worked for years, Jared knew that EVERY person had a valuable story to tell and he wanted to hear it. He believed that we had simply all had different life experiences- different -no one is better than another. A wordsmith, jared would have you laughing so hard you couldn't stand up straight- always quick with an anecdote from his own life experiences, one of his many gifts was his ability to relate to your current emotion/feeling and find the positive in despite its origin. He had original ideas and wanted to share them with the hope that they might resonate and help someone think differently, feel differently, grow stronger, or accomplish more. One night over dinner and discussion he told me he was going to have business cards printed up- Jared R. Murphy, Commentator at large- he added more to my life than little brothers are expected to. Jared had a way of telling you about yourself, maybe expressing his view of you, that made you feel like 'woah, this dude knows me to the core and just psychoanalyzed me in real time for MY benefit'. It was because he had VERY sensitive feelers, when you laughed he felt it in his gut, when you cried his heart ached with you and maybe even more so because 'got it'. Always a quick smile, always the moral compass, always an advocate of mindful consideration. Jared 'Eugene Bexley Fobbins' Murphy, the BRIGHTEST star in my darkest night- you belong among the wildflowers, you belong somewhere close to me, far away from your trouble and worry- you belong somewhere you feel free. I love your spirit- I feel you beside me, your smile- I can see it, your wit- I can hear it, your beard- can I touch? sure-go ahead, forever, ever.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

The battle with heroin for jared was constant. He had the most success with sobriety when he was helping others, it was only when he had spent all of his heart and emotion on others that he used. Jared hated addiction. He tried what made sense to him to try, he added things in when he'd take heroin out of his routine, he'd listen to anyone else who struggled with it searching for a thing that made sense or would work. Eventually the struggle brought him to tears. He understood his addiction and tried to control it.


What Made Them Smile?

When Jared was in nature he felt connected, a sunrise or sunset, a cool breeze, an eight mile hike up a mountain he wanted to take it all in. Mason made jared laugh and yell- our 'big buddddddy', the boy- jared would let mason lick his face until he stopped and sometimes that would be too long for peoples comfort- the thing was that masons drool was kisses to jared and he wanted all of the kissesssssss and lovinsss. If jared could help a person or add something situationally beneficial he smiled from the inside out- helping people was calling and his gift. He was sensitive, patient, and forgiving of everyone but himself. So many people, situations, landscapes, and feelings made jared smile that the list could almost never end, almost.

What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I selfishly miss his long hugs, strength, and drive. His spirit. His laugh.


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

He got the action, he got the motion
Oh yeah, the BOY CAN PLAY
Dedication, devotion
Turning all the night time into the day
And after all the violence and double talk 
There's just a song in all the trouble and strife
You do the walk, you do the walk of life
You do the walk of life.

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Heroin Memorial - 2017/09/03 - Troy Causyn - Age 23 yrs - Byron, New York

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Submitted by: Tina Causyn - Parent

Name: Troy Causyn
State:  New York, 14422
Date of Passing: 09/03/ 2017
Date of Birth: 06 /14/1994
Age: 23 

Tell Us About Them:

Troy had a heart of gold. He was kind, easy going, quiet and shy. He loved fishing, camping, dirt bikes and just hanging out with friends. He was the third child of four boys.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Troy's addiction started at age 19. He wanted to be clean so bad. He hated how he felt after using. He would feel guilty and did not want to disappoint me or his dad. He was clean for almost a year before his life was taken from heroin/fentanyl overdose.


What Made Them Smile?

A sunny day hanging out with friends and family made him smile.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss his smile. I miss seeing him. I miss him at family events or when he was just hanging around at the house. I miss being able to talk to him and him asking my advice.


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

I love you Troy more than you will ever know. You can do anything you put your mind to, please don't give up.

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Dear Heroin: You Took My World

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Dear Heroin: You Took My World

I hate you, you took everything from me. On April 21 st at 1034am you took away my angel. We had so much ahead of us, 3 beautiful babies, and one on the way. You were so happy and proud that we would be welcoming Gunner into our lives. My angel was trying so hard to stay on the right path, and be the righteous man. Now because of heroin our babies are without daddy. Heroin because of you i do not get to see that beautiful happy smile anymore, heroin because of you our son will never get to meet his dad, heroin because of you i feel so lost and empty and I’ve never even touched you, heroin because of you i can’t get out of bed because my heart aches for the person you took from me. He wasn’t prefect, but he was my everything. He was my happy place, he’s heart was my home. Heroin because of you i can never hear his voice again. He was trying so hard, why couldn’t your demons just leave him alone!? Why!? He had so much joy ahead of him! Heroin because of you i can’t even go into my house without picturing the love of my life laying their lifeless. Heroin because of you i know cry myself to sleep, instead of in the  arms of the one person who loved me for me. Heroin because of you my whole world is completely destroyed. Heroin, i hate you!

Heidi - Bethel, OH

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Dear Heroin: My Demons Couldn't Drown Me

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Dear Heroin: My Demons Couldn't Drown Me

You destroyed my life.  I used to be a good kid. I never got trouble. I stood up for what was mine.  Don't get me wrong.  I had a house, I took care of other people's kids, I had a car.  I had it all going on until I snorted my 1st slide of heroin.  After that my life went downhill.  I went from snorting it  to smoking it to finally injecting it.  After I started injecting it my life took a complete 360.  I lost my cars and my house.  Then it took me down to the worst part of the neighborhood.  I had moved a couple places down there and was evicted from everywhere.  Me and my boyfriend were then homeless.  We would go to his dad's house to shower and pretty much get ready to go back.  It was horriable the things you have to do to stay alive.  I did some horrible things for which I am not proud of. 

We had to stay alive and we had to make sure we had money and heroin so we weren't sick.   You know when you're out there in the city that's filled with nothing but dope dealers, drug addicts and prostitution it's crazy and unfortunately that was exactly how my life was.  I used to be 180 lb and I went all the way down to 98 lb.   I walked so much that I literally walked right out of my shoes.   It ruined my life and ruined everything I ever had going for me.  After a few years of living that lifestyle in and out of jail all the time I went from not having a record to now having a bad record that I'm not proud of.  I woke up one day and I couldn't take no more.   I wanted to go to rehab and I wanted to go right now.  I told my boyfriend that he had to either go with me or I was going to have to leave him.  He chose to go with me and get help as well.

Unfortunately I was able to get into a treatment facility and he was not.  As time went on I finally had got discharged from detox and my mother let me come stay with her.   I was so happy but I was so sad at the same time because I couldn't be around my boyfriend because he was still using and I could not be around it so eventually I talked to him and I found out that he got into a treatment facility so that he could be with me.  I did great as time goes on we both experienced a lot of health issues and damaged our body so bad he ended up with stage 3 cirrhosis hepatitis C and I ended up with the same thing.  I just wasn't as bad after 2 years of being clean that is when my boyfriend found out he had stage 3 and he was very ill he could barely get out of bed sometimes.  It was hard but he relapsed and then he tried to get it together again and then he relapsed again and again unfortunately the last relapse was the end.  He overdosed while I was babysitting at my mom all night and his mother found him in our room.  It was the most devastating thing I think I ever been through my whole entire life.  He was my world.  We were together for 8 years today and I am three years clean.  He passed away on the 7th and it will be 5 months in May.  I'm still grieving and I still feel like I want to use sometimes now.  When I think about all the things that I had went through it makes me not want to go back because it killed somebody that I was very close to.  Somebody that loved me very much in and that had see me at my worst.   

His mother is my world as well and we will always have each other but I will say this is not something that you use recreational. It is not a game people need to start waking up and realizing that everybody's dying.  I don't have anybody left as everybody is now passed away except for two people but they're in prison for a very long time. I work really hard to stay clean and I do everything that I possibly can to make sure that I do not ever go back to it.  If you're reading this please get help.  It is available you just have to take one day at a time did not let the devil get the best of you.  There is a God.

Jennifer - Franklin County, Ohio

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If Anything Good Can Come Out of My Daughter's Overdose Death

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Pictured: Ashley and I two years ago when she was recovering

My daughter Ashley Chere Wise, 29 died of an overdose to heroin. She battled an on going drug addiction since teenage years. Her story is similar to so many other victims. She was sweet, had so much potential, has a 6 year old daughter. And it is a horrible disease, an epidemic. What I want to touch on is all the talk about what to do about this horrible truth that's robbing all of us parents from all walks of life, of our precious children. I was a follower of this Facebook Heroin Support Group, well before my daughter died. I read the many sad story's and just got more scared, prayed harder, but still didn't know what to do for my addict children.

When I was a young parent, if you would have told me that two of my children were gonna be heroin/drug addicts, I wouldn't have believed it. I was in shock when I found out my son was shooting up with needles. Ashley's death threw me for a loop, cause I thought she was in a treatment center for long term and was finally getting the help I had prayed for and I had a faith that I honestly felt God would not let that happen. Apparently she walked out of sentenced treatment and I didn't know they could just walk out so I was unaware that she was on the streets. I asked my 27 year old son, who also is an addict, on the way back from lowering Ashley into the ground, was there anything I could have done to save her?! Him, being the same way, if he was "jonesing " and had it on his mind to get fixed, could I have called or said something to make a difference. He didn't feel so. And I realize everyone's story is similar but different too.

I have come to the conclusion that once they come to be addicts, it is tough as nails to get them to quit and if they don't want to be helped, it's hard to help them and I'm sure they really do want to be helped and it's gotta be extremely difficult! And a small percentage make it and live to tell their awesome recovery story and we all hope that that's gonna be our child. I feel the focus for the future of this epidemic is to get through to our children now, who are not users. Before they try it. To really educate if possible. I believe it would be maybe easier to prevent it, then to cure it. I have a third child who is 19 years old and he is the youngest. He is 8 years younger then my middle son. He has watched all the awful things his siblings have gone through over drugs over the years and he has his own issues that surely would have caused him to experiment with drugs and didn't. When he was 14 he had major surgery where they put a bar in his chest to raise his sternum and rib cage and they put him on morphine and he didn't want it, so the doctor really felt he needed pain meds though, so changed it to vicadin and when we went home, he wouldn't take them. He was in slit of pain but he refused. I couldn't force him. And a few months back, I had a hard time convincing him to come to the funeral but he did and he had a hard time and missed the burial the next morning cause he was complaining of medical issues and so his father took him, (Ashley's stepdad) so that I could make it to the burial and they diagnosed it as being anxiety.

So I can't help but wonder if him being raised with the knowledge and seeing what happened to his sister and how badly his brother suffers, even though he struggles himself with life, that he realizes drugs and alcohol aren't the answer to a better life. If anything good can come out of my daughters death, perhaps it was helping preventing her brother and her daughter and maybe others from ever trying it, cause it's easier for us to say "NO!" when we aren't already addicted to it. 

Thank you.

Ashley's Mom

 

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Heroin Memorial - 2017/10/04 - Franco Cichocki - Age 40 yrs - Bridgeview, Illinois

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Submitted by: Mercy Cichocki - Spouse

Name: Franco Cichocki
State:  Illinois, 60455
Date of Passing: 10 / 04 / 2017
Date of Birth: 07 / 09 / 1977
Age: 40 

Tell Us About Them:

Franco was always the most magnetic person in the room. He drew people in with his smile and jokester attitude. He had a hard time opening up about his feelings but when he did it was very real. He was a jack of all trades, could fix or build anything. He was very protective of his loved ones and would do anything for his mother, his wife, and his kids.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Franco battledv the disease of addiction for many years. It caused him to be in and out of prison and jail a lot, more often in than out. The last couple years of his life he spent living on the streets of Chicago.


What Made Them Smile?

Franco loved cars. Fixing them and driving them. He considered himself a sort of amateur race car driver, often scaring the hell out of me as he was driving 110 mph on the interstate.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss the way he always smelled good, even after a day of work. I miss the way I always felt safe with him, like nothing could ever hurt me as long as he was there. I miss how he always kept his cooleven when I was having a meltdown. I even miss how he always wanted me to rub his back or his head to put him to sleep.


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

If I had a chance to say one more thing to him it would be that even though things got bad for us, I never stopped loving him.

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Dear Addict Haters:

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Dear Addict Haters:

Hello, you don’t know me but I am an addict. I am one of the “junkies” you love to bash whenever someone mentions addiction on social media or hear it in conversation. I know it’s hard to forgive the things we sometimes do because of our addiction, but I have a question for you. What is the worst thing you have ever done? Obviously, I won’t get an answer to this question but think about it. The thing that you hate that you did. You know, that one thing that not too many people even know about. Well, what if everyone knew about it? What if for the rest of your life you were labeled by that one act that you would erase in a second if you had the chance? That is what being an addict is like, kind of. Now, I don’t feel like being an addict is the worst thing a person can be or do. You, however, feel like it’s a terrible thing. Don’t get me wrong: If I could erase it from my life, I would. In an instant, it would be gone, but I don’t have that option. I can’t even do what you do and pretend that this thing I did didn’t happen. In order for me to ensure it never happens again, I have to work hard on making sure it doesn’t. If I don’t, my disease will tell me I can have a drink or do a line and not fall back into full-blown addiction, but I will.

Do you work hard to make sure your worst thing never happens again? Let me guess... you are thinking, Addiction is not a disease. It’s a choice. Right?
Yes, all addiction starts with a choice.

The same damn choice you made when you were young and hanging out with friends. You drank the same beer I drank. The same pot I smoked. You even tried the same line of white stuff someone put in front of you at a party. You were able to walk away and not take it to the extreme.

Since I have the disease, I will spend the rest of my life either struggling to stay high or fighting to stay clean.
As children, we don’t decide we would rather be an addict instead of a cop.

You don’t see children pretending that their dolls and stuffed animals are dope sick.

When is the last time you talked to a little girl who told you she couldn’t wait to grow up so she could turn tricks to feed the insatiable hunger of her drug addiction?

My sister didn’t tell me about her exciting plans to become homeless.

My dad, not one time, told my mother to think twice before marrying him because he had high hopes of becoming an angry drunk.

I damn sure didn’t blow out my candles as a child wishing for a substance abuse disorder because I couldn’t wait for the day my beautiful daughters were taken from me by CPS.

Nobody wants to have substance use disorder.

Some of us just do.

So always remember:

You made those same choices, too.

You just got lucky that it was me and not you.

If you still have doubts, you can take those up with the Center for Disease Control or the United States Surgeon General. They have classified addiction as a disease, but then again... I am sure you know more about it than they do, right?

I pray that you don’t have to reevaluate these opinions because you find out your child or parent is an addict. If you do, just know that we will accept you into our community. We will help your loved one. Do you know why we would do that? Because we are good people who just want the chance to live like everyone else.
So please, before you write another post bashing people who are suffering, think about it. Not only are you hurting the people who have the disease, you could be hurting everyone that loves them. You have people on your friends list or might overhear you at work who have children who are suffering right this moment from addiction. What did they do to deserve the awful things you put out into the universe that do nothing but perpetuate hate and judgment?

You have a right to your opinion. But no matter what, hurting people is wrong."

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/10/23 - Katie Strobel - Age 26 yrs - Burlington, Kentucky

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2015/10/23 - Katie Strobel - Age 26 yrs - Burlington, Kentucky

Submitted by: Janis Strobel - Parent

Name: Katie Strobel
State:  Kentucky, 41005

Date of Passing: 10 / 23 / 2015
Date of Birth: 07 / 07 / 1989
Age: 26 

Tell Us About Them:

She was bigger than life, and could put a smile on anyone's face. She had a heart of gold.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

She fought the disease and addiction hard for 5 years before it finally won and took her from everyone that loved and cared about her. She was in a lot of pain and she is free now.


What Made Them Smile?

Her daughter


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

To say everything is an understatement, but most of all her sense of Her humor, smile, and laugh.


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

I miss you more than anything. I can't wait to hold you in my arms again and never let you go.I LOVE you. Fly high baby girl. XOXO

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/11/15 - Brady McCready - Age 24 yrs - Kingston, New Hampshire

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2016/11/15 - Brady McCready - Age 24 yrs - Kingston, New Hampshire

Name: Brady McCready

 

Tell Us About Them:

Brady loved Playing basketball with his brother and friends. He was a best friend to many and proud dad to his newborn baby girl... He will be greatly missed.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Brady struggled with opiates for over 6 years in and out of detox and rehabs... He tried his best but unfortunately his demons got the best of him.


What Made Them Smile?

His brother, friends, family and daughter


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His laughter and kind outgoing personality


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

We all love you so much, please don't give up...

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/08/06 - VINNY BATTIPAGLIA - Age 33 yrs - Somers Point, New Jersey

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2016/10/26 - Vinny Battipaglia - Age 27 yrs - Somers Point, New Jersey

Submitted by: Rick Battipaglia - Parent

Name: Vinny Battipaglia
State:  New Jersey, 08244

Date of Passing: 10/26/2016
Date of Birth: 02/25/1989
Age: 27

Tell Us About Them:

Vinny was so caring ,had a heart of gold,great personality and a joy to be with,and of course his laughter and guitar.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He struggled for years ,was so determined to win,but lost in the end


What Made Them Smile?

His niece Adelina


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His laugh and personality, and "LOVE YOU DAD".


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

I love you so much NO matter what and don t you forget it

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/05/31 - Joseph Jones - Age 24 yrs - St. Louis, Missouri

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2016/05/31 - Joseph Jones - Age 24 yrs - St. Louis, Missouri

Submitted by: Amanda Ward - Sibling

Name: Joseph Jones
State:  Missouri, 63129

Date of Passing: 5/31/2016
Date of Birth: 4/12/1992
Age: 24 

Tell Us About Them:

He was smart and loving. He was so talented with music. He loved to joke and tease me.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He was depressed. He didn't like how his life turned out. He didn't like how he changed and caused people to worry. He carried a burden that he caused. He struggled for 4 years


What Made Them Smile?

Music made him smile. Music is what Joey lived for.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything about him.


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

I would say I love you one more time. Tell him that everything was going to be ok.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/04/02 - Stanley Sparks - Age 34 yrs - Tucson, Arizona

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2016/04/02 - Stanley Sparks - Age 34 yrs - Tucson, Arizona

Submitted by: Maxine Sparks - Spouse

Name: Stanley Sparks
State:  Arizona, 85701

Date of Passing: 04/02/2016
Date of Birth: 08/13/82
Age: 34 

Tell Us About Them:

Lively and fun, between addiction and a mental illness my beloved was determined to win. He was going to school to be a drug counselor. He wanted to help the youth make sure they had a chance to avoid prison and just help make sure they saw other options. Loving son, brother, father, unclet and husband. He broke alot of hearts the day in his addition and especially the day he passed.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Anything he could get his hands on it was more of not sure of how yo deal with emotions and when he stopped meds for his bipolar.


What Made Them Smile?

Life, sounds crazy but the smile just going to the movies, traveling, just being loved and able to make others smile.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His love...everything.


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

I would have spent the rest of life picking you up. I just wish you would have chosen life and belived in us.

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Heroin Memorial - 2011/10/03 - Daniel Lee Ballard - Age 25 yrs - College Station, Texas

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2011/10/03 - Daniel Lee Ballard - Age 25 yrs - College Station, Texas

Submitted by: Melinda White - Parent

Name: Daniel Lee Ballard
State:  Texas, 77845

Date of Passing: 10-03-2011
Date of Birth: 11-01-1985
Age: 25 

Tell Us About Them:

Lee was a gift. He came seven years after our daughter. He was a very active little boy. He loved to learn about science. He loved family, friends and life.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Lee became addicted to heroin in college. He came home went to three months of rehab, but relapsed a year later dying from the overdose


What Made Them Smile?

He loved dogs, good jokes and a stimulating conversation with friends


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His smile, his sense of humour and just him


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

Lee, I am sorry that I could not help you more in overcoming this disease of addiction. I would have died in place of you in a hearbeat. I will love you for eternity.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/09/01 - Kenneth Hartsock - Age 48 yrs - Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

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2015/09/01 - Kenneth Hartsock - Age 48 yrs - Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

Submitted by: Teresa Hartsock - Spouse

Name: Kenneth Hartsock
State:  Kentucky, 41017

Date of Passing: 09/01/2015
Date of Birth: 12/16/1966
Age: 48 

Tell Us About Them:

My hubby was the greatest guy you would have ever met in the world he was a great dad he did anything for anybody an not thought twice about it


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

The struggles he had was opiated addiction started with pain pills then went to heroin


What Made Them Smile?

He smile was our childern and our animals


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss the person he use to be he was the one that to charge an made things right he took care of his family when he was sober I miss that guy so much


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

I love you baby I wish I would have been more educated to help you with what you were going through no mistake I will carry on through your eyes an try to help others

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/05/26 - Ryan Schulz - Age 36 yrs - Rockford, Illinois

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2016/05/26 - Ryan Schulz - Age 36 yrs - Rockford, Illinois

Submitted by: Melissa Jenkins - Sibling

Name: Ryan Schulz
State:  Illinois, 61103

Date of Passing: May 28, 2016
Date of Birth: May 1, 1980
Age: 36 

Tell Us About Them:

Ryan always had a smile on his face. He loved his family deeply and always had a shoulder to lean on. He was an amazing artist and writer. He was a Chef by trade and loved to cook for everyone including the homeless. He believed strongly in his faith and had made peace with the choices he made in the past. Ryan was making every effort to do good, he had a steady full time job (got a promotion the week he died), just purchased a new vehicle, and had his own apartment. He had accomplished a lot over the last year.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Ever since Ryan was a teenager he had used drugs here and there. He got involves with some people who asked him to deliver some drugs and was set up and ended up in prison. Ryan was clean for a year when he relapsed. Unfortunately when Ryan was released from prison he had to return to the same area he used to live due to Parole restrictions and ended up hanging out with the same people. In the end, I feel in my heart, this contributed to his death. Heroin took my brother from me, a son from my mother and father, and an uncle from his niece and nephews.


What Made Them Smile?

When Ryan was spending time with his family is when he would smile, He loved unconditionally. Also, when he was painting or drawing.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss our conversations. He was my rock, my other half, my soul mate.


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

I'm here for you and I love you.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/05/03 - Walter Christopher Davis - Age 37 yrs - Chelsea, Massachusetts

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2016/05/03 - Walter Christopher Davis - Age 37 yrs - Chelsea, Massachusetts

Submitted by: Melody Davis - Spouse

Name: Walter Christopher Davis
State:  Massachusetts, 02150

Date of Passing: 05/03/2016
Date of Birth: 01/03/1979
Age: 37 

Tell Us About Them:

"Chris" was always making people laugh, always there to listen and give advice. He loved to go fishing and do yard work, especially planting flowers.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He had struggled with addiction since he was 10 with alcohol, and at 14 with prescription drugs and at 23 with crack and heroin. He had moved to Virginia Beach in August 2010. He been clean since February 2012, until he was offered heroin yet once again. He was on a downward spiral, he ended up returning to Boston April 30th and by May 2nd, 2016 he was found in the bathroom unresponsive, they tried several rounds of Narcan but could not reverse the overdose, he was pronounced dead May 3rd, 2016.


What Made Them Smile?

his family


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His laugh, him holding me, and kissing me


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

I love you and I never gave up on you!

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/01/21 - Natosha Taylor - Age 29 yrs - Dayton, Ohio

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2016/01/21 - Natosha Taylor - Age 29 yrs - Dayton, Ohio

Submitted by: Tricia Cridlin - Parent

Name: Natosha Taylor
State:  Ohio, 45414

Date of Passing: 01/21/2016
Date of Birth: 03/20/1986
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

Tosha was one of the most caring people you would ever meet she was in the gifted programs in school she had everything going for her till she meet billy and he started her on heroin


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

she struggled for 10 years she was trying so hard to get clean .she thought she was getting heroin but it was pure fenantyl they tried 3 times to get her back


What Made Them Smile?

she was always smiling


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss her hugs the most


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

I love you

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/10/03 - Daniel Stein - Age 29 yrs - Galloway, New Jersey

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2015/10/03 - Daniel Stein - Age 29 yrs - Galloway, New Jersey

Submitted by: Patricia KohlBirch - Parent

Name: Daniel Stein
State:  New Jersey, 08205

Date of Passing: 10/03/2015
Date of Birth: 1/86
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

Danny was very gifted artistically, and musically.
He loved his family and friends. At his funeral I was told by many of his friends, how he talked them out of their next hit. But he couldn't stop his.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

We tried getting Danny help for many years. He was told numerous times that he was a guy, he was not disabled, and had no children, so get a job.
He was finally diagnosed with bi-polar a year before his death. He was put on seroquel but was quickly taken off that medication when he went into a halfway house. While on that medicine he said he never felt better about himself. He told me many times if it wasn't for what it would do to me, he would take his own life. He said the struggle to get well was impossible.


What Made Them Smile?

Playing with his niece and nephew, my crazy jokes with his stepfather, and hanging out with his friends.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His smile, his bear hugs, and most of all his loving heart.


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

Danny I'm so proud of the many people you've helped. I love you baby.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/01/25 - Matthew Evans - Age 29 yrs - Sidney. Ohio

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2016/01/25 - Matthew Evans - Age 29 yrs - Sidney. Ohio

Submitted by: Alyssa Clark - Sibling

Name: Matthew Evans
State:  Ohio, 45365

Date of Passing: 01/25/2016
Date of Birth: 12/24/1986
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

Matt was my best friend. We didn't have the easiest life but he made sure we had happiness in our youth. He was the father of four beautiful children. He was an amazing dad, big brother, and friend. Matthew never judged, and he loved his kids and his family with all his heart.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Matthew was in a horrible car accident his senior year of high school which severed his hand (he was a basketball player) was on pain killers. Later the same year he was playing football with his friends and got hurt again this time getting pins and rods in his leg. He was then put back on the pain meds. He got into his fair share of trouble when he was younger. He then built a family and started to clean up his lifestyle. He ended up with four kids.

He was married and got his heart broken. Because of the pain we had as children we were afraid to love. So his heart was crushed and he dealt with his pain the best way he knew how, drugs. In July 2014 he told me he met a girl. A conversation about a month later he revealed to me he was on heroin. I didn't tell a soul. I was terrified. Eventually, I spoke. We tried to help. We thought if we could just get him home maybe he would feel a little love and want to get clean. He came home once after that. He wasn't well but every time we talked I always made sure to tell him I loved him. His birthday is the day before Christmas, I tried calling and texting him the 24th, 25th,26th,27th,28th etc. until the 1-3-16 I finally was able to reach him through a Facebook post asking him if he was alive. His response: unfortunately.

I knew then he was so sad. He was tired. I had lost my hero. The Wednesday before he passed I posted "I love you,  Your baby sister" he replied "I love you more" and I said "I miss you so much, I want you to know wherever you go I'm with you in spirit" and that was our last conversation. On Monday January 25th, 2016 I woke up like any other day. Around 12pm I got a call that Matt had been found. He was gone. He no longer had to fight.


What Made Them Smile?

His children 


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss his voice, his love he had for me, and everything about him.


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

I'm sorry you hurt so badly. I love you so much. And no matter what anyone says you're still my hero.

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