Heroin Memorial - 2012/01/10 - Richie Ramirez - Age 22 yrs - Dix Hills, New York


2012/01/10 - Richie Ramirez - Age 22 yrs - Dix Hills, New York

Submitted by: Donna Ramirez - Parent

Name: Richie Ramirez
State:  New York, 11746

Date of Passing: 1/10/12
Date of Birth: 8/2/89
Age: 22 

Tell Us About Them:

Most loving son,loved going to movies with me ,we went to the Philippines he loved it there .He loved to travel with me.He was very close to me.To me the sun rose and set with him.

Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He had a hard time .when he came out of a rehab once he looked so good.I brang him back to a hospital for detox I was told they only had a female bed available ,I sat back down with my son I figured I would sit for as long as it took for a male bed to be available.I could not believe it when security was called and we were told to leave ,it is hard enough to get them to ask for help but then to turn around and make them feel worthless ,I felt like we had been thrown out .In order to get them in rehab you first have to go to go through detox which is usually five days.In all reality do you really think five days is long enough no way! Then if you are lucky enough to get into detox and make it to rehab it still is not long enough.The only rehab that will work is long term.When my son was turned away the last time in a matter of a few days my son had passed away.So many times I wonder if I had called the news if it would have made them find somewhere in the hospital to put him.Does it really matter which floor they are on as long as there problem is taken care of .If someone comes in with a heart condition they will find a spot for them .But a drug addiction you will get put out . I made a very bad mistake they asked .me to rent a room to an older family friend who was in the street I made the mistake of taking that person in he is the one who started our trip to hell.my son was only trying to help someone that person to me if I had known what he was capable of I would never have let him near my prescious son.

What Made Them Smile?

Richie had many friends he loved doing things .When we went to the water park way out on the island I believe close to Riverhead we got in a water tube and went down together in it.I told him to go have fun with his friends,but he refused to leave my side,in the watertube he was laughing all the way down.We had so many wonderful times together.The Philippines,upstate New York ,Florida beaches ,snowball fights.

What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything about him .He allways looked for me .He would call me wherever I was.weather i was working or shopping he would call me almost every hour.When I came home we always went somewhere we went to the beach winter or summer,he loved his animals.We would do our laundry together.We would go to the movies together once a week to me it did not matter what movie as long as he was happy.He was allways smiling.

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

I would tell him how much I love him, how much I miss him.How much I need to be with him,it is just to lonely without him.


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