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International Overdose Awareness Day is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. Time to Remember. Time to Act.

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Mom, Dad, Tim, Jaclyn, Steve & Alex To: Andrew Gidcumb (6/15/1991-8/11/2012) Our dear son, brother, we miss you more than words can express. You still live in our hearts! Mom, Dad, Tim, Jaclyn, Steve & Alex Tribute TDW I finally found the man I never knew I was waiting my whole life for. I lost him to heroin seven months later. I had no idea he was using again. I hate that he was suffering so. I wish I'd known. I might have been able to help. Kentucky/Ohio, USA TDW Tribute GlennM MENANDS MENANDS GlennM Tribute Debbie What perfect timing, as today is the exact day I received that life changing phone call, you know the one that begins your nightmare you never expected or knew was possible and today is also the day I hold a memorial gathering every year to remember my only child and daughter, Morgan Lynn Dobson /Thompson born Dec 12th 1985 on her Uncle Joes BD, she would have been 35 yo this year but due to the pandemic I'm not able to hold her memorial so this is a fitting day for me to find this tribute page. As with most of you, the day my daughter was born was the best day of my life, she was perfect , born days before Christmas by C-section, she was the perfect gift. She was beautiful, with a full head of thick dark brown hair, big brown eyes and a cherubic face with chubby cheeks. I was d/ced early and insisted we stop for pictures on the way home so I'd have them by Christmas to give as gifts, pictures, as they turned out, are worth their weight in gold, they spark the memory to remember the good times (and bad at times) the memories that keep her alive. She held her head up to the camera that day she was three days old and it amazed the photographer that she was that alert and strong, she hit the ground running and never looked back, she was bright, funny, very outgoing , she was talented , had a beautiful singing voice and loved to sing. She could walk into a room and it would light up, (at least I thought so) spoiled and my world. I was a single Mom but my daughter wanted for little, she made friends easily, she loved to dance, ride horses and took ballet and jazz lessons when very young, she remained friends through out the school years and into adulthood with the same couple of girls she met in 1st grade. She was a loyal friend. It was that friendly outgoing personality and willingness to talk to everyone that brought her face to face with the demon, heroin, that caused her grief for many years and and stole her youth , eventually taking her life at the age of 29. I found that she was using when she was only 17 years old. She went to rehab but eventually relapsed and ultimately took her life . Her struggles are over, a life full of potential gone in a minute. She has missed out on so many things. Her absence leaves a hollow place in our hearts, she is loved beyond measure and not a day goes by that I/we don't think or her and miss her. I can only hope and believe she is in a better place, free from harm and pain, no struggles, just peace and light and love. She lives in the world of Angels now, watching down on us from above, she is the sunshine that warms my face during the day and the light from the stars and moon that guide my way at night. She is my life, my love, my daughter. In your memory I give tribute to you; Morgan Lynn Thompson/Dobson Dec 12, 1985 - May 28th 2014. Debbie Tribute Kristina Moore To My Beloved Brother Glenn. 2/85 - 11/12. Passed away from a methadone overdose. My heart is never going to forget the life I had before you went to heaven. The light you left behind will always shine through me. The babies miss you. Your nephew speaks of you often and says he talks to you in heaven. The pain is really hard some days and I feel alone often. The words, I miss you, are not enough. I long to hear your voice. To have my friend back. My bubba. Loving you from afar, until we meet again in the Lord's house. Kristina Moore Tribute Elizabeth Our daughter Elizabeth passed away May 15th 2016. She was talented smart beautiful inside and out. So kind and loved by everyone especially the students she taught. Taken from us so in such a tragic and unnecessary way . Hearts and families destroyed from an awful disease that needs to always be acknowledged.We will never forget this tragedy and pray that no one has to live through such devastation Elizabeth Tribute Rosemary This is for my only child , my son Johnny Mac Baum. Herion took his life 3 years ago. He was only 27. Mommy misses you so much son. U we're the best. I pray the good Lord above does away with all the garbage dealer's that are out there. Something has to give. PLEASE stop people before death becomes you and or your families.God Bless us all Rosemary Tribute Lucille Alecls mommie and aunt Ellie misses you so much Posted 27/08/2019 Lucille Tribute Mick Jordan, January 23,1019 marked a year you've been in Heaven. I placed flowers on your grave that cold day. I noticed the chime I had hung from the tree above your headstone chimed all the time I was there talking with you and all the while II walked to my car. " I hear you " I called to you. I miss you as much as the day you left buddy. Does the sadness ever go away? I don't think so, Not This Time. I see a nice car and think... " Jordan might be driving one of these now if " The unfairness of it. But life isn't fair and this I know too well. I am thankful I knew you, for the time we had my friend. Most of all I am thankful you no longer have to suffer my friend. 'Till we meet again, I love you more than there are stars. little more... Mick
Posted 19/02/2019
Mick Tribute
Mom….Ann Roberts To my oldest son...Austin; You were one of a kind. Big heart, beautiful soul, an honor to be your mother. You fought addiction harder than I have seen anyone else try. You also had bipolar, which was very difficult for you to face. But once again you took that on too and did your hardest to battle that problem as well. Thank you for being you and for loving your family and friends to the fullest. You are missed by us all. See you one day soon.... Love Mom Mom....Ann Roberts Tribute Charlotte Leon G. Busby Jr. 6-21-86 to 12-12-14 died of a overdose at 28 years. My beautiful, creative and smart boy! We loved him so much! He lived with shame over his addiction! I hate to say that I made him feel shame! I wish I knew what I do now, I would have never made him feel bad! He had a horrible disease but I thought he should just be able to quit. It is not that easy! Mom. Charlotte Tribute Craig Kelly S., Damon O., and Jesse J. - Y'all are missed and not forgotten. I want to write forever... and I think I could, about you, but only to a certain point... and I'd then have to imagine all the rest. I'd write and write and write and keep you alive as long as I could... of course dying in old age of natural causes... or maybe something more exciting, but less heartbreaking. it wouldn't be hard to come up with some amazing but totally believable stories about you... Anyway... I miss you and and you work your way into my life often... there are dumb reminders of you on a regular basis. I need/want them to both honor you and to not make that worst/final mistake/decision. -Craig
Posted 29/08/2018
Craig Tribute
Stacey Isaac, It has been two years since you left this earth (forever 21).  We just celebrated you on your birthday last week.  It is hard to believe that my baby would now be 23.  Then the anniversary of your death quickly followed four days later.  We all love you so much and miss you immensely.  You are forever with us.  I love you, Mom Stacey Tribute Karen Baby sister died,alone,first day out of prison,for adult neglect AND abuse.she had sold everything from her fathers house,no food,or heat in house,left him for day's on her journey for more heroin.he fell,was found day's later,covered in bugs,malnourished,she was found,prosecutors by family member,found guilty,upon release,went straight for heroin into her dad's house,overdosed.found,with needle in arm.I screamed for day's. Karen Tribute Judy Danny, it's almost two months since we lost you to a heroin overdose. The pain and heartache is unbearable and I pray that no family has to ever go through this. There is such a void in our lives that was once filled with your laughter. Some days we wonder how we'll ever get through the next. I hope you know how many people loved you and prayed you would be able to beat this demon. I know in my heart you are finally at peace and free from this horrible addiction. You are always in our hearts. Till we see you again. Watch over us Dan. We love you forever. Judy Tribute Toni Bixby

Rip karla serene sweedman 4-22-17 i miss my only sister and i wanna help spread overdose awareness the best i can 💜💜💜💜

Deer river Minnesota usa
Toni Bixby Tribute
Younger Bro To my older brother, I never pictured losing you, I always fought you and thought you had it under control. I remember being so angry when you expressed your love for needles. I didn't know, I'm mad at you, but you were on that trip that had only a few stops and they are never good ones. I know I am not alone in losing you, that was apparent at your funeral, but man it hurts a lot. Its been almost three weeks and been about five since I last saw you. I know I'll never see you again on earth, I sure hope you have found you heaven. When I see you again, I hope we can figure it out better next time. I love you so much and can't begin to understand how much I'll miss you... I already do so much Younger Bro Tribute Sophia Nikolay Ulendeev, 30.03.1991-15.07.2015. Forever loved and dearly missed.
Posted 28/08/2018
Sophia Tribute
Mackenzie Lee Marie I miss you so much Peanut. I wish I could hold you. Forever 23. Love you to heaven and back. Mackenzie Lee Marie Tribute Janice We lost Timmy to a Fentanyl laced Heroin overdose two days before his 21st Birthday. Timmy and a young man had an issue about money and he came in my sister's house armed. Unfortunately for everyone in the families that morning we lost Big Dan and the young man who came in their house was killed in their yard. Dan passed away at the Hospital on the operating table. Little Danny only 22 years old was shot in the abdomen and passed away five weeks later from complications from the shooting. We also lost Timmy that day, because anyone who loses their Father and big brother in such a tragic way at only 20 years old would have a very difficult time dealing with this. I still am struggling with their deaths. Timmy wasn't a junkie as I've had people say to me on social media. He was depressed, having major anxiety and I'm sure survivors guilt along with PTSD. RIP, my dear sweet Timothy Scott, your Aunt Jan will forever hold on to all the wonderful memories I have had with you and your brother. I miss you all so very much. Posted 27/10/2019 Janice Tribute Sage Stingone I miss you everyday my beautiful son . You took a big part of me with you.... Port Chester, New York USA Sage Stingone Tribute Allison To my dearest sister Lindsay you are missed so much everyday. Gone way to soon from us by something you let take control of you. Not a day goes by that I dont think of you and that night. It has changed our families lives forever. Your daughter misses you so much. She is growing into her own personality & when I look at her I see you. I tell her stories of us when we were younger and keep your memory alive. Wish you were here to do that yourself. Hope you and dad are together. Love you xoxo
Posted 31/08/2018
Allison Tribute
Loving Girlfriend Holidays can be better if we smile with fond memories. My loving brian left us all in may. It hurts every day. For any of you out there still using PLEASE always remember family, friends and loved ones LOVE YOU!!! Tho they may be tough on you, some may even have to turn you away, DONT ever think they don't love you, ask them for the hug you may need. Ask them to keep loving you while you keep fighting this addiction, KEEP FIGHTING IT. Make them proud YOU CAN AND WANT TO KICK IT, you are good, you are worth it, YOU ARE LOVED!! Please don't hurt the ones that love you so much. An accidental od killed my man of 9 years. He was a great man, loved by all, had he known I would have to come home to find he had nodded off and smothered himself. That I would try to breath life into him and administer narcan and c.p.r all knowing he had left this world long before and the psychological issues I still now deal with having found him, his beautiful face swollen and so purple. I truly believe he would have never have done that shot after 1 week clean. Please think of the ones that love you, and BELIEVE IT, THEY DO LOVE YOU. They just want you back to the person you were before. Do it for them and mostly do it for you. YOU CAN!! My best to you, and my heartfelt sorrow for us all that lost. Loving Girlfriend Tribute Kelly This tribute is dedicated to Allen Lee Little and Michael Christopher Finan. They meant the world to me and life will never be the same. I am sober today fighting for the battle they lost. Recovery is possible just reach out. Lets take a moment of silence for all the lives lost to addiction.
Posted 28/08/2018
Kelly Tribute
Joshua Joshua Robert Said I still can’t believe you’re gone forever. My sweet, handsome, funny, silly baby boy with the big blue eyes. I would give anything for just one more kiss and cheeky your hugs were the best. May 10, 1995 - April 7, 2020. Forever 24 my forever son. I will never be the same without you in my life I’m glad I was your forever mamma. It still seems like a bad dream. Please watch over your bro AJ his heart is so broken. Addie sees you in the sky and she tells me you are happy and you are taking care of Jakey and Simon until we meet again. I can hear you asking for my forgiveness and yes I forgive you son. I know you didn’t mean this to happen. You were murdered by your drug dealer who spiked your heroin with fentanyl. I will do what I can to honor you here on earth. Your Dad and I look for signs everyday. Keep sending them and talking to me through the wind chimes. Always and Forever Love Mamma, Dad & AJ and his sweet Addie. Joshua Tribute Annette Stephanie G. Always in my heart and thought. You rest in peace. Thank god for have given me the vlessing to have meet you. Love you tons my big browski phil.
Posted 16/07/2018
Annette Stephanie G. Tribute
Debbie Dennis went to heaven on 9/24/18. A fentanyl overdose. We are so sorry that you lost your battle son. We all miss you and love you so much. You’ll never be forgotten. Forever 28. We all miss Anthony too. Love you both forever. Come to visit me. Love, momma. 😢😘💔🤗💜😫🙏☀️ Posted 06/08/2019 Debbie Tribute Marcia My grandson was born on Jan.28,1987 to his 15 year old mother. He was like my own son. I rocked him to sleep. Told him stories at 7. Helped him with homework. Helped him in Cubscouts. I ALWAYS thought he was more intelligent than me, that he was destined to be a teacher, or a leader. He was very well read and always had a book with him. I was always so proud of him. He had a wonderful smile, blonde hair 6 feet 5. He learned sign language. He helped with his younger brothers. My mother loved him and he was pallbearer at her funeral. I think he was fragile on the inside. At 22 he married. He was working two jobs and going to college. He became a father about six years ago. He was overwhelmed with responsibility. I don't know when he started using. I have lost him now. He meant all the world to me. I would have done anything to save him. Marcia Tribute kelsey Devan, you are the love of my life. We were together seven years and you made me incredibly happy. You were the reason I enjoyed life. Until I see you again, rest in peace my love. fitchburg kelsey Tribute Martha I recently lost my son Dominic D'Angelo 5/15/2016 to this man made epidemic. I am seeing soooo many young unnessary death. The government Needs to save our youth. This is turning into Generation Death. Martha Tribute cassi In loving memory of my husband Daniel William Martell 2/11/83 - 12/6/12 Forever 29 Dan loss his battle to heroin. Not a moment goes by that I don't think of you, I carry you in my heart. You never got to meet you son Daniel Jr. because you left too soon but know that you are watching over us. Miss you like crazy my love! To me your addiction did not define you and never will. cassi Tribute Donna To my beautiful daughter Rachel who passed on 7/27/2020, I know you are no longer in pain. I miss you everyday and I never gave up on you. You will b missed. 💜 Please stop the stigmatism 💜 Addiction is a destructive disease to the person & family Donna Tribute Dad

My Chook,
I miss you so much and look forward to being reunited with you. Make sure you come find me when I get to heaven.
Love DT xxx

Melbourne, Australia
Dad Tribute
Cyndi Monica, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you. I miss you so much it hurts. Till we meet again my friend. 12/13/1967 - 05/09/2015 Watch over my baby boy up in heaven.. xo RIP
Posted 27/02/2019
Cyndi Tribute
Diana To the friends I have lost; I wish I'd known what to do, I wish I'd reached out to you, I wish I hadn't had to say goodbye. We felt invincible, like we were never going to be answerable to the choices we made. You were all beautiful, shameless, inspirational and I know none of you wanted to leave. I wish you were here to advocate with me and fight by my side like you used to. I wish you were here to shout 'to hell with the world' because in spite of being addicts you were some of the most beautiful humans I'd ever met and nobody saw you for who you were. I know you would all have cried for me when I overdosed this week and I know you would've wept with joy when someone saved my life. I wish I'd been able to save yours. I promise I'll get better for you, so I can help people who are struggling like you were, like I am right now. I miss you all so much, I love you. I will never forget about you.
Posted 30/08/2018
Diana Tribute
Leah Stewart bulmer, you left us to early, you left us to young, Your forever in my heart and mind, Never far away. Your an angel now Rested and free We will meet again one day my love, Forever missed and dearly loved, love leah xxoo Leah Tribute Lisa My coworker and friend with soo much talent gone far too soon. You are missed every day Ryan. - Ryan Gervais Dec 2nd 1988- May 11th 2017 Posted 23/08/2019 Lisa Tribute Jacob I miss you more than you could ever imagine. I know you are in heavenly peace in God's hands and with your dad, nana and the rest of your relatives. Jacob Tribute Lynne In loving memory to my daughter Jessica Lynne Clifford 8-5-91  to 5-16-14. Please continue to watch over us as we continue without you.  Please watch over and guide all those who are still struggling with their addiction.  May you Rest in Peace my sweet angel   Love Mom, Joe, Joshua Lynne Tribute Jess   I am someone who has overdosed, I've lost people to overdose, and I will lose more people I love. I no longer use drugs and I work with those who do in a needle syringe program. Doing the work I do now helps me to keep in touch with where I come from. I love people who use drugs, I want society to love them as well. Use safely everyone! Honored to be around for this overdose awarness day. Jess Tribute Peggy Davis Courtney Anne Ream 02-01-1981 -12-27-11 Loved and cherished eternally. Posted 03/06/2019 Peggy Davis Tribute Kathy I lost my first born child, my son on 7/8/18 from an overdose He stole my heart when he was born, he was pure joy. I miss him terribly. I wish I could have saved him, I’m lost without him and forever heartbroken Posted 26/07/2019 Kathy Tribute Tami My son Devin Temple died of an apparent heroin overdose, he would have been 20 years old March of 2016. He passed November of 2015. He was an amazing kid, who could light up any room with his smile.  He was the class clown and love to make people laugh.  I miss him terribly,  but his 19 year old sister. Ideas him more!!!  I love you Bug!!!  Rest in Paradise!!!! Tami Tribute Meghan Dear Matt, I wish I could describe in words how much pain I have felt since the moment you passed away.  I miss you more and more with every passing day and I wonder if the pain will ever get better because it seems to get worse.  It has been about 3 and a half years since we've lost you and my life has not been the same; I don't find joy in things I use to and I don't smile as big anymore and I know you only want me to be happy and trust me I want that too I just don't know how.  I think of you all the time and cry every single day that I won't see your beautiful here on Earth again.  Until we meet again my baby brother, I love you and I miss you ALWAYS!!! Love Your Big Sister, Megs Meghan Tribute Carrie Gomes Estrada Please keep in memory my loving husband Robert Luna Estrada. Born March 8th 1973 and passed away on March 8th 2019. He was overdosed with Fentanyl. He died on his birthday and will be loved and missed by everyone. If the people he was with had known to watch over him or how to tell the signs....he would possibly be here today. EDUCATION ON OVERDOSE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND MUST BE ADVOCATED IMMEDIATELY. Posted 20/03/2019 Carrie Gomes Estrada Tribute Erin In memory of my son, Louis Michael DeBacco (36), a light in the darkness, who was taken home on 4-26-2017. Rest my son. Grief and sorrow make a person weak and strong at the same time. I love you, Erin (Mom) and Lauren (Sister)
Posted 22/02/2019
Erin Tribute
Jenise I will wear a badge to support my friend Angie whose son lost his battle with addiction in 2015.  Also in support of several other friends who have lost sons and daughters in the not so distant past.  Addiction is so hard on the addicted as well as the families that stand by them.  My heart aches for these parents who lost their children--so I will wear the badge to support them. Jenise Tribute Sandy To my son Kyle .... I miss you so much it hurts. I can’t wait to be with you again. My beautiful, blond hair ,blue eyed boy. We only had 22 years with you. You were amazing and so loving. You would still be today. 💔💔 Posted 09/08/2019 Sandy Tribute Alexandra To Pascal. I will always remember you. Love Alexandra Tribute Adriana My beautiful boy Daniel Buccianri died at a festival in 2012 you were 34yo. Your last words to me were " I have taken something I have never had before" four hours later you died You paid the ultimate price, how I wish I could have protected you honey. I miss you more every day, your goofy ways your smile but mostly your hugs, i love you more then ever. Mum xo Adriana Tribute


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