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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."

- Author Unknown

#ENDTHESTIGMA

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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

Strobel2

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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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...

brady2

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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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

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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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.

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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.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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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.

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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.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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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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#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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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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#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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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.

RyanSchulz2

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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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 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.

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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

NatoshaTaylor2

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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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.

DanielStein12

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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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#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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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 - 2015/10/15 - Tony Brasso - Age 29 yrs - Loxahatchee, Florida

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2015/10/15 - Tony Brasso - Age 29 yrs - Loxahatchee, Florida

Submitted by: Lori Brasso - Parent

Name: Tony Brasso
State:  Florida, 33470

Date of Passing: 10-15-2015
Date of Birth: 08-04-1986
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

Tony was an affectionate, talented, loving son, he loved to entertain people , if it were by singing, cooking, he loved to please, he would never pass up a chance to hug especially when it came to his two beautiful baby boys, he loved them with all of his heart


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Tonys struggle began with an appendectomy, they gave him so many pain killers, he told me that was when he began his fall, he openly admitted his addiction, yet tried to hide when he was high, he tried, he fought, he cried he lost.....we lost


What Made Them Smile?

his baby boys, his reason to breathe, they are his image, making other people comfortable, happy, my cooking, his cooking and singing, when he was happy he made everyone happy, he loved mornings with his babies, everyday was a fresh new day......


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss my boys big bear hugs, writing silly songs together, lunch dates, the secrets he would share with me, mooning me when i'm cooking, hanging over my shoulder when I'm cooking, his company for me and his baby brother, holidays, he always made them festive, even if I wasn't feeling it, his silly babble with his babies and his beautiful voice singing through the house, I long to pick his socks up off the floor and his boxers behind the bathroom door.......


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

yes, I do, to the last question you ever asked me, i'm so sorry I couldn't save you, I love you more then you will ever know, until I can hold you tight and never have to let go ever again, soon son, I will be with you.....

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/02/09 - Lexi Colvin - Age 20 yrs - Washington, New Jersey

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2015/02/09 - Lexi Colvin - Age 20 yrs - Washington, New Jersey

Submitted by: Mariann colvin - Parent

Name: Lexi Colvin
State:  New Jersey, 07882

Date of Passing: 02/09/2015
Date of Birth: 11/28/9402/092015
Age: 20 

Tell Us About Them:

She had beautiful red curly hair. She loved horses and had her own horse named Ruby.she loved me and was a sweet daughter.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

She felt hopeless and sad and didnt know why but she would write letters to me about it.


What Made Them Smile?

Any animal riding her horse in the water.knocking her friends off their horses in the water and me.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Everything herbeing with me and our talks


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

I lwill always love you best friend love mom

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/05/08 - Laura Davis - Age 23 yrs - Millstadt, Illinois

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2016/05/08 - Laura Davis - Age 23 yrs - Millstadt, Illinois

Submitted by: Sarah Davis - Parent

Name: Laura Davis
State:  Illinois, 62260

Date of Passing: 05/08/2016
Date of Birth: 03/03/1993
Age: 23 

Tell Us About Them:

Beth always did things her own way. When she was just a toddler she would get up in the middle of the night to watch "the funny guy" (Jay Leno) on TV while the rest of us were asleep! We had to put locks on the tops of all of the doors just so she wouldn't wander off!


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Unfortunately we don't know much about her struggle with addiction. We now understand that she had probably been exposed to it over three years ago. We just found out a few months before she died. Although we tried to help her find a rehab facility, she was not interested in participating in any type of program. We've learned so much since she's passed away...I just wish we would have known more before she passed away and would have been able to help her.


What Made Them Smile?

Beth's dog, Windy, always made her smile! She also loved her nephew and nieces as well as her little sister, Katie! She would have been a great mom!


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I think I miss the opportunities the most...the opportunity to see her happy, the opportunity to see her in a job she loved, the opportunity to see her become a mom.


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

I love you...we ALL love you!

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Heroin Memorial - 2008/10/16 - Jordan Selserman - Age 22 yrs - Waterford, Connecticut

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2008/10/16 - Jordan Selserman - Age 22 yrs - Waterford, Connecticut

Submitted by: Allan Selserman - Parent

Name: Jordan Selserman
State:  Connecticut, 06385

Date of Passing: 10/16/2008
Date of Birth: 2/6/1986
Age: 22 

Tell Us About Them:

Beautiful Son


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Addicted to pain pills then heroin


What Made Them Smile?

Life


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His Smile


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 - 2016/05/01 - Zachary Smith - Age 22 yrs - Windber, Pennsylvania

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2016/05/01 - Zachary Smith - Age 22 yrs - Windber, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Heather Smith - Parent

Name: Zachary Smith
State:  Pennsylvania, 15963

Date of Passing: 05/01/2016
Date of Birth: 05/08/1993
Age: 22 

Tell Us About Them:

My son was a charismatic, fun loving, hard working, kind, and polite young man. He would light up a room when he walked in. His laughter was contagious. His heart was so big. He had a dry sense of humor and quick wit.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He started using weed and pills at 16. We didn't realize how far his addiction had gone until after about 5 years later. He requested to go to rehab after Christmas 2015. He went to rehab 1/3 and returned home on 2/5. He seemed to be doing great. No signs of drug use until he was in a tragic accident in which he was a driver that killed a 4 year old little boy. From that point on, he troubles with nightmares and sleeping. He was in counselling and going to doctors to help with his anxiety and depression. On 5/1, just 1 week before his 23rd birthday, I found him dead from a heroin overdose.


What Made Them Smile?

Everything made Zach smile. He would light up a room as soon as he would walk in. If someone was having a bad day, he was the first one there and would make sure they were laughing and carefree within minutes.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss his voice, his smile, his smell. Most of all, I miss him calling me "Mamma Bear".


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

I would give him the biggest hug and I would tell him that he had people. People that would not judge him and get him the help that he so needed.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/03/08 - LaRhonda Renee Vohl - Age 30 yrs - Independence, Kentucky

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2016/03/08 - LaRhonda Renee Vohl - Age 30 yrs - Independence, Kentucky

Submitted by: Peggy Vohl - Parent

Name: LaRhonda Renee Vohl
State:  Kentucky, 41051

Date of Passing: March 8, 2016
Date of Birth: May 5,1985
Age: 30 

Tell Us About Them:

LaRhonda was my second bitten child my first daughter. She was beautiful and funny. She loved helping people and animals.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

LaRhonda suffered all her life with learning disabilities, bipolar disorder and ADHD. She struggled with the way she was on and off meds in and out of psychiatric hospitals and treatment centers. She never felt like she fit in and she began drinking at age 16 than by b18 was smoking pot. I think she had tried every drug at least once. She had tried many times to kill herself and over dose. She lost custody of her daughter and hardly ever got to see her and the part 4 years she never seen her unless it was in a picture I showed her.


What Made Them Smile?

Animals always made LaRhonda smile if it was up to her she would have a houseful of pets. She was funny and would do the diluted things to get other people to smile.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss her laugh. I miss her face. I miss how she helped me and I miss Wycombe her spending time with her little sisters.


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

I always loved you even through the rough times. I never wanted this life for you I wanted you to be happy all the time I don't understand why you went back and I'm sorry I called you a dumb ass because your not.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/06/04 - Matthew Mercer - Age 37 yrs - Cincinnati, Ohio

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2016/06/04 - Matthew Mercer - Age 37 yrs - Cincinnati, Ohio

Submitted by: Elizabeth Gilreath - Sibling

Name: Matthew Mercer
State:  Ohio, 45205

Date of Passing: 06/04/2016
Date of Birth: 08-19-1978
Age: 37 

Tell Us About Them:

Matthew has struggled with addiction for many years. He was a kind, lovely, funny and giving when he was clean. He would light up a room as soon as soon as he walked into it. His laugh was unique and it was totally contagious. He loved like no other. He would give you the shirt of his back. He loved you like there was no tomorrow. He will be greatly missed and is loved by so many people.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Matthew has been an addict for 20 years. He struggled day to day and lost his battled on June 4, 2016.


What Made Them Smile?

Being clean


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His laugh


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

I love you

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