International Overdose Awareness Day: 31st August

International Overdose Awareness Day

The world’s annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind

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Tributes to lost loved ones

melissa I would like to post a tribute to my finance who passed away in June due to an overdose of alcohol. June 17th was the worst day of my life when I woke up and found him dead. He passed away during the night. We were both alcoholics trying to get sober however we both suffered relapses. I loved him with all my heart and still do. My guilt and sadness has overtaken my life. I would do anything to go back and do things different. I am now in treatment at a halfway house. I am currently in grief counseling to lessen my pain just a little bit. If someone out there is reading posts on this website and are suffering from an addiction, it is not too late to save your life. I pray for myself and all addicts who are seeking help. I also pray for the families that addiction has affected. I wish for peace and serenity for all who reads this Posted 09/08/2019 melissa Shirl Just want to say my heart goes out to all the people who lost someone from Overdose. There's a lot of that happening. I do know a couple people who did overdose. Praying for your loss. Posted 20/12/2019 Shirl Elizabeth My sweet Ed, Almost five months have gone by and there is not a second of the day where I do not think of you and your beautiful heart. I miss you so much, sweetheart, I love you and I will until the day we meet again. Elizabeth Susan Martiana Kay Gonzales 03/16/93-06/09/18. My baby oh how I miss you I still cannot accept it I try however I cannot fool myself. I love you and will always speak your name love mom
Posted 03/10/2018
Johanna Christopher Graser Loving son, father, nephew, uncle, grandson. 😢 Is truly missed. Overdosed 4/28/16 We have not been the same. Forever 33 Johanna Kathryn

Alexis Lenti much loved and adored daughter of Frank and Maureen. Mother of Brayden

A person never knows what strength they have until there is no other choice.

Worcester MA USA
Lucille Alecls mommie and aunt Ellie misses you so much Posted 27/08/2019 Lucille Teresa we lost our son Nov. 4, 2018 from an accidental overdose worst day of our lives, and we haven’ t been the same since. We love and miss you everyday💞😢 RIP 🙏 Posted 01/09/2019 Teresa Yonda Burns My husband's family awoke to their mom’s terrified screams when she found their dad dead on the kitchen floor. His cause of death was no secret. Remarkably, she raised 4 children while working and attending college. Cutting a long story short, I fear my husband’s alcohol and substance abuse will cause him to repeat history. He has told me he wants to feel what his father felt just before he passed. So I asked him why he would consider putting his own son and myself through such devastation. He claims he wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Yet his reckless ways seem to prove otherwise. We love and need my husband so much. The thought of losing him scares the crap out of me. As a recovering addict myself he’s made it very difficult to stay sober. I can honestly say that his loss opened my eyes and made me strong. I can’t even remember what I ever saw in that crap. It literally makes me sick! I dread the times when he sucks me back into that lifestyle again. Honestly, I feel I have no reason to use any more. I turned to drugs as a teen to numb the pain of depression. I was molested at a very young age and suffered loneliness after a failed marriage. Well, I’m finally happy with my life. We have a beautiful family and everything we could possibly want. So now when he turns to drugs it makes me think he’s not happy with his life. I feel like less of a person or that I’m just not enough for him. Is it too much to ask for a little normalcy? I never got to meet his father Robbie, who was only in his early 30s, but he is loved and missed by many. I also KNOW he would want better for his son. Yonda Burns Laura In memory of my beloved godson Kyle age 21 who lost his life to an accidental Meth overdose 11/15/10 I love you Kyle Laura Mark Kinzly Robert Shimon Orban. Jul 30, 1979 - Jun 27, 2012. Queens, NY. Robert's zest for life was contagious and his sharp New York wit, although cutting at times, was always underlined with compassion and caring. A former pro hockey goalie, Robert loved his hometown New York Rangers. I'm sorry he felt as deeply as he did, for his acute awareness of his separation from God had him lean towards the solution that ultimately would be his undoing. Robert would help anyone and would rescue homeless animals on the streets. He just had a heart that was too big for this cruel world. RIP my good brother. He had New York coolness and an ability to make people laugh when no one else could make them. Him driving that souped-up BMW that he loved so much. Mark Kinzly Robin On Overdose Awareness Day, I miss you every single day Neil.  You were the best.  I wish there was a way to have kept you here on earth.  Please look after your little sister, who is also struggling with this disease.  I can't bear to lose another child.  Mom Robin MaryAnn Chupella

You will be forever in my heart my sweet son. Miss you so much.
Matt Chupella
Forever 32

Bethlehem, PA
MaryAnn Chupella
Sharon Randy, we love you, and we miss you. Sharon Rhonda Not a day goes by I miss my brother Frankie.  He was 29 years old and this year will be 29 years that he took an overdose. I use it as my higher power somebody to look over me. Yesterday was his daughter birthday it is a silent killer if you continue to use drugs. Rhonda martin mc cusker This is a tribute to all those people who have needlessly died from overdose in the south London Borough of Lambeth. To all those who have suffered pain, loss and stigma because of the war on people who use drugs. To all those who have been vilified, judged, caged and tortured, we stand with you. martin mc cusker Linda My grandson, Alan, lost his battle with addiction November 10, 2019. He was 29 years old. I had called him that night at 11 PM and we talked 3 minutes. We made plans to meet the next day for dinner (I was in Virginia for a visit) We discussed how he was holding up and staying clean and sober. We discussed how drinking was just another drug and he acknowledged he needed to work on that. My last words were, "I'll pick you up after the shower (baby shower) tomorrow. I love you !" He responded, "I love you too Grandma" and we hung up. That was the last time I ever heard his voice. He was found the next morning by his father (My son) and appeared to have died around midnight. My son and his three children, Alan being the middle one, have struggled for many years with addiction. As we speak, my son and his older son DJ fight daily to stay clean. His daughter, age 27 is in a methadone clinic program and has been since her brother died. I pray I never have to feel this pain again. RIP Alan Michael, until we meet again..............Love GMA Linda Lori My sister Darlene left us too soon, never to be forgotten. I wish she found ‘real’ help, not band aids, like suboxone, with little to no real supportive mental health counseling. Drugs are a game of Russian Roulette... a suicide waiting to happen. Posted 29/07/2019 Lori Kate We lost our youngest child at 24 on April 10th, 2016.  He battled depression, anxiety, and addiction for 5 1/2 years.  We will continue to bring truth to this epidemic that is killing our children. Kate Cornelia My son was bipolar and an addict who attempted suicide once. He was only 19 when he passed away commoning from a party. My son had clearly relapsed and was crossing the street and was hit by a car doing 70 mph per hour. He died on impact. Friends and family tattooed his birthday and a rose. Tristian, as soon as he turned 18, got three roses tattooed. I decided to do a celebration of life instead of a memorial. I wanted people to have fun and talk about all the funny things he did and whose hearts he touched before he passed. Another Tribute I did for him is to start college because when he finally started talking to me about having a problem, I never felt so proud of him. I told him I'm going to school to help him, and he was my biggest supporter. He was in rehab and the psych ward twice, but I knew my son, and he wasn't good at talking about his private life with strangers, just like his peers. I don't know how long I will be in school because of him, I found my purpose, and when I graduate, it will be another tribute to him. Tristian always reached out to friends and family that had his issues. Tristian could always help others but couldn't help himself, and in his name, I will help him continue to help those who can't help themselves. His passing will always hurt but now knowing my purpose in life gives me a sense of joy. Knowing that he is finally free of all the pain he was in also gives me Joy; even though I still cry for him every day, I am glad he is finally free. Cornelia Kay To all who have fought the battle and won the war and to all who have fought the battle and lost RIP Kay Sharon Morris

This is in tribute to my nephew Spencer Warfield who passed away Oct 14,2012. This was a wonderful man who was a treasure to our family. When you think of people who have died --remember they were loved and they are not forgotten. They are usually bundled into a group as misfits. This is not true. Look into your heart the next time you judge and then pray for this country to help those still out there who are in pain.

Silver Creek, Washington USA
Sharon Morris
Matthew I am thinking about my mother, Patricia, who died unexpectedly from an overdose in 2008. By 2010, I had found a way to feel ok again, but now I am right back in the deepest pit of depression and feel so alone. Despite that I have my wife, daughter, father, and cousin around me every day, and siblings in my life, I feel like these feelings are consuming me and no one can help me. The overdose is a devastating occurrence that leaves little resolution and much more questions unanswered. I need you, Mom, to keep looking out for me, I am so lost. Matthew Eva Jural Garrison losing you to the demon of drugs 7 years ago on Sept 2nd at just nearly 17 years old - has left me permanently changed on so many levels. I love and miss you son and wish my love could have saved you...I know you're with Papa God now and someday we'll be reunited...Love you forever and always, Mom Eva Lisa My fiance, my love, my partner, my best friend, you were only 34 when you made a choice that took your life and left me alone and heartbroken. I will forever love you and never could I forget or replace you, nothing seems right or makes sense any more. I miss you more everyday and wish I could bring you back to stay. I love you Charlie and I hope when I get there you will be waiting for me and a beautiful day that will be .All my love sweetheart, until we meet again. ~Lisa Lisa Cyndi

To my wonderful son Paul Ritchie.....I miss you more than you can imagine. You were smart, funny and a wonderful man. You always gave 110% in anything you did. You dabbled with drugs in high school and it got worse in time. May 3rd you lost your life due to an overdose of fentanyl and meth. The worst day of my life was getting that call - the call I dreaded getting every single day. You were clean for 14 months and when a relationship went bad you turned back to drugs to ease your pain. I know you are in a better place now Paul and I look forward to seeing you again one day. Love you always - your Mom.

Posted 16/08/2019
Tony Jennifer Tucker are missed so much! We lost a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, and so much more. May your new wings carry you to a world of love and grace in His presence. Loving you here. Posted 15/05/2019 Tony Grace My beautiful brother, Connor, left this earth on the early hours of March 22, 2019. He was a father, son, brother, friend and so much more. His life will never be defined by his demons. He was and always will be my best friend, my confidant and the keeper of my childhood. He was an amazing musician and words can't describe how much I miss sitting with him and singing while he played his guitar. The guitar that now hangs on my wall, mostly likely never to be played again. I still talk to him, tell him how much he is missed. How I will continue to carry his memory in my heart and on my sleeve for the rest of my life. My promise to my sweet brother is that his son will never not know who he was. How loving and caring and sensitive his daddy was. How he was an amazing musician, and how music can and will always bring him back to us. How much he wanted to be there for him. How he loved him more than anything in this entire world. My brother fought the good fight. He suffered from anxiety and depression which eventually led from one thing to the next. He never truly learned how to deal with life without turning to a substance. Hindsight is 20/20. I wish I knew then what I know now. That addiction is a disease of the mind. That he did not want to be an addict any more than we wanted it. But that it is just not that easy. My hope for the future is to end the stigma. Love, compassion and understanding can change someone's life. I advocate for recovery. I advocate to end the stigma. Because those we have lost, and those still struggling, they are all someone's someone. They deserve to be here and live a life free from addiction. Grace Lisa Epley Robert Franklin Epley 1965-2014 I miss you every day and I wish I had been with you. Maybe I could have prevented this....something I'll never know, nor forgive myself for bot being there. Posted 19/08/2019 Lisa Epley Marlene All my love to my darling beautiful daughter Amy Scheele 05/10/77-06/01/15 Marlene Cyndy Sam--- You are missed so much by all who knew you. I wish you could have asked for help, the way you helped others. #gonebutnotforgotten Cyndy Brigitte My dear sweet Michael, life has changed in an instant when you left me behind. I will ever be grateful for all the gifts you brought to me in my life. Your beautiful smile and your sense of humour . You would give the shirt off your back to help someone. A big heart and a great big soul. I miss you every day. You suffered so much and I am so sorry that I could not make the pain go away. I love you so much!!! You brought me so much joy. My sweet sweet Michael you are at peace. I love you. Aunt Brigitte Brigitte Clint To: Timothy Thinking of you always Clint Cathy I lost my youngest son, Brett, on April 27, 2015.  It was the worst day of my life.  I go through that day over and over in my mind and think of him and miss him every single moment.  The pain is unbearable at times, I just feel so lost.  I wish something could be done about this horrible situation of losing our loved ones.  I miss you every day Brett.....until God calls me to the other side. Cathy Bernadette Our beautiful boy Ricky there is not a second of the day that we don’t miss your love, bear hugs, humor always to make us laugh with your quick wit and smile. Our one of a kind child nothing will ever look, feel, or be the same without you. Rest in sweet peace our beautiful loyal boy.💔we will never stop saying your name and do all we can to end the stigma of substance use disorder 💜 Bernadette Debra My son, TC Clark, was lost to an overdose on 02/24/19- Forever 25. TC was a light to everyone when he walked into a room. He had a smile that could bring a smile to anyone's face. His infectious laugh is still heard in my mind, and he lived life to the fullest. His spirit is what keeps me going every day and makes me want to be a better person. Knowing that he would want to help others is why I choose to do what I do every day, by spreading awareness and educating others about stigma and substance use disorder. I feel his presence daily helping me continue and to share his legacy with those who never had the pleasure of meeting him. I love you TC and will miss you until the day we meet again. Debra Danice Stern

Remembering my son Davey Gonzales. 01-02-1984 to 08-09-2014. Davey had two severe injuries that lead to drug addiction. However, he detoxed as he didn't want to be dependant any longer. It took him eight days to feel normal again. He was happy, free, and returned to work. That night changed his life forever...he went to a store and was a victim of a crime of gun violence and was shot in the head. This lead to serious drugs being administered, a loss of an eye, sinus cavity, and broken jaw. Once he started recovering physically with more surgeries ahead, he was once again drug addicted and suffered from PTSD and depression as a result of this incident. Davey overdosed and is now gone. Those of us that are left behind...well we are forever changed and miss him dearly. So please reach out and just listen or guide someone towards help/treatment. This may be the change someone needs.
Thank you,
Davey Madre❤

Danice Stern
Sara My heart is so broken Remembering my Love today and forever. He couldn't fight the fight anymore and now he's in heaven with no pain and suffering? RIP my Love missing you always Sara Carolyn Johnson To: Melissa Kosmin (Passed away 9/19/13) From: Your Friends and Colleagues at the National Adoption Center were part of our National Adoption Center group on FACEBOOK and it was apparent from time to time that you were struggling with depression. One of your last entries was just before your death when you said you were going back to graduate school to get your Master's in Social Work. Many of us were cheering when we heard that. Most of us had no idea how much of a struggle life was for you. I had a sister, Nancy, who committed suicide and as sad as we were as a family, we supported her decision to take her own life. With time, I hope your family will be able to accept your decision. Blessings on you and your family, Carolyn Johnson Carolyn Johnson Regina Ed, Even after almost 10 years my heart still breaks when I think of losing you. Without you I would not be me , I will forever love and miss you. Regina Heather This world was not meant for you, you were destined for the heavens...may peace be with you always. Love eternally, Heather Heather Kim On April 20, 2018 my life was forever changed. My youngest son, Jared Alan Clauson had passed away early that morning. He was only 23. He was my baby, my funny boy who could always make me laugh. He was his older brother Ryan’s best friend, fishing partner and hunting buddy. His brother who did everything he could to save him is now lost without him. His mother who needed him just as much as he needed me can’t even begin to pick up the pieces of her life. He grew up in a small town and had a very close group of friends that shared a bond that could only be admired. He was a trusted and loyal friend. He was an incredible and very talented athlete. He had a dry sense of humor that could make anyone laugh. He had a sweet sensitive side that not everyone got to see. Many only saw the tough exterior, the bad boy he pretended to be while deep inside he was hiding the hurt, insecurities and depression that ultimately lead to his addiction and death. He loved to read and would do so for hours sending me list of books that he would like to read. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fly fishing and took pride in tying his own flies and shared that with his brother. He had great respect for the outdoors and the wildlife that resided within. Those are the things I want my son to be remembered for. He suffered from the desease of addiction but he never lost his heart. He will be forever loved and missed. ❤️ JAC
Posted 30/08/2018
Stephanie Maitner To my angels, Mallory and Derek. Mallory died of a drug overdose on August 7, 2007 in my bed. She was my best friend, and more. Even after death she has been there to guide me on the road to sobriety. Derek was shot and killed as a result of this disease, and even though he didn't overdose, he was killed because of drugs and in my book that's just as bad, if not worse. They both continue to be there for me and guide me. I picked up a year medallion last night for the first time in years. It is just as much theirs as it is mine. I love you both and you will forever be in my heart. Until we meet again, it's see ya later, never goodbye. Stephanie Maitner Kim

Mike Spires you are missed more than words can say! I love you and I wanted to leave a tribute in honor of National Overdose Awareness Day which is August 31st. because you were the best and deserve to not go unrecognized by passing from this horrible disease. There's not a day that goes by that I do not think of you and all the memories we made together as best friends. Someday we will meet again, until then it's not goodbye it's see you again someday.
Love Kim

Methuen Ma US
Lexi I miss you a lot dad. It has been almost 4 years since you passed and each day gets easier knowing you’re watching over me and protecting me. Thank you for that. I love you very much best friend. Goodnight 💤 Posted 23/10/2018 Lexi Allison A This is a tribute to a friend, a son, an uncle, a grandson, a nephew. Brian we love you so much and miss you every day. For anyone who reads this and knows of someone struggling with addiction, please love them. Help them get the treatment they need, but no matter how many times they stumble on the path to wellness, please love them. Tell them and show them how much you love them. This matters so much. Tell them they matter, and give them the strength to know that they dont walk alone. Addiction is unforgiving, but with love, we can help others overcome this, and we can do it together.
Posted 17/08/2018
Allison A
Laurie Max, you are missed every second of every day. I will work forever to ensure that your memory is kept alive. You fought a courageous battle and I am forever grateful to call you my son. I love and miss you more than words can ever express. are now, and will always be, my whole heart. I love you, Mama Max Cota 8/8/91-9/7/11 Laurie Christine 22 was far too young to die.  You had told me if you ever died of an overdose, you were fine with that.  You had a deathwish.  It was still horrifying to find you dead.  I try to tell myself that your struggle is over.  My only true consolation is that the last words you said on this earth were, "I love you, baby." And the last words you heard were, "I love you too."  5/12/92 - 10/5/14 Christine Pam Dear Jason, Dad and I and your friends I talk to love and miss you so much. We want to hug you so much. You are in our hearts forever. Love and hugs, Mom and Dad♥️🙏🦋🕊 Pam Tracy Nolan In memory of my late husband Jason William Nolan 9/03/1978 - 3/03/2011. Love you always, miss you terribly. Forever you will be my "diamond in the rough". Tracy Nolan