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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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Monica Mikey Messer was one of the greatest men I've ever met. I instantly fell in love with his charisma, his contagious laughter, his beautiful smile that lit up a room, his huge heart of gold, and his faith. Mikey and I had been together almost 2 years and had our daughter just 5 weeks before he passed. He was an amazing boyfriend, father, friend, brother and son. We all miss him dearly. Monica Tribute Lisa For my son Tayler , we lost him 10-28-15 to an over dose of fentnoyl and Xanax , the combination of the two are lethal . He was 21 yrs old he was very bright and carrying loved by many. But most of all me. I miss him everyday. Lisa Tribute Liz Eleven years ago, a unexpected prescription drug overdose happened. My son, Miles, had a kind and generous heart and was a friend to many. We all love you and miss you so very much! Liz Tribute Mary My loving husband Jason passed on Feb. 11, 2017 from an overdose. He had been battling an opioid addiction since he suffered a debilitating work injury. Jason was know as a gentle giant and loved life. He idolized his step children, our grandchildren, and god son. His favorite times were hanging out with friends and playing with the kids. Once he was injured, this all changed. We all tried to help him through this and at one point I thought he was getting better. My love, I will not let your death be in vain. If I can save one person, one family from having to go through this, then your death will have some purpose. I miss you and love you and would have done anything to help you get better. Watch over all of us my green lantern. You will always be my superhero. St. Louis Missouri USA Mary Tribute Penny A part of my heart died with you, Troy--my proud Mama's boy. Life will never be the same, but I will try to live it in your honor. Fly with the angels, my Peaches, and be at peace. Until we meet again--I love you more than life itself, Momma Penny Tribute Terrence Terrence Barrows 08-8-64 / 12-21-2018 Loving Husband To Michelle Barrows and Father to Terren Brown. 🙏🏿🙏🏿💜 Always in our heart's. We love you always. Until we Meet Again 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿💜💜 We are your Voice Terrence Tribute Helen In loving memory of my sons, Rian Collier Leinweber and Tyler Cameron Leinweber. Two remarkable men that lost their lives due to drug overdose. We miss you more than words can say. We will fight this war on drugs in rememberance of you. With love, Mom and family. Helen Tribute Donna Rodriquez Nick Rubino 6/2/87-12/4/18. Son, brother, father. Funny, huge heart, great employee. Always lifting others up. You will be forever missed. I will see you again, love Mom Posted 26/08/2019 Donna Rodriquez Tribute Sinead Our handsome boy Kieran, we all love and miss you so much. Always in our hearts ❤️. All my love mum xxxx Posted 07/06/2019 Sinead Tribute Misty Barlow 2 years ago I lost my best friend my other half my baby brother when I see baby brother I mean only a year in a few months apart. I'll never forget receiving that phone call or the way it felt or how it still feels two years later. Although I can say from being sober now and not then life has been roll emotional and rough. It also has been the best that it's ever been I've been sober 2 years myself and will continue to raise awareness and support those who are still battling. I've lost so many friends so many individuals that I would consider family and family itself. No matter what the addiction. Help is there if you want it bad enough. Holding space for all those suffering at the hands of addiction. Holding space for all those who are suffering not from the addiction itself but from being helpless in saving your family or friend that's suffering. May God bless the broken road. Earth angels are real and without them I would not have survived ❤️
Posted 31/08/2018
Misty Barlow Tribute
Jill Brannan Our son James died 5/23/2014. We will always remember him and treasure the time we had with him. We miss him and love him more each day xxxxxxxxxxxx Jill Brannan Tribute Amanda garman

To a loving father gone to soon. U r 1 of the best man i know and you are a loving caring father who your babies are missing so much. Your babies Erica is going into 2nd grade and brian jr is going into kindergarten jaxson is mad he isnt starting school just sucks you are not here to see this or to see them grow up.

Your babies miss u so much and is at a point where they are starting to realize u r not here 🙁

We love u do much and miss u so much

Rest in heaven daddy


Jaxson erica brian jr and mommy

Keep watching over us daddy

We love u


Posted 16/08/2019
Amanda garman Tribute
BabyCakes In loving memory of Greg Singer ~ Sunrise: September 20, 1962 - Sunset: January 15, 2018. I didn’t fall in love with you. I walked into love with you, with my eyes wide open, choosing to take every step along the way. I do believe in fate and destiny, but I also believe we are only fated to do the things we’d choose to do anyway. And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you. I was supposed to spend the rest of my life with you, but then I realized you spent the rest of your life with me. Thank you for an amazing journey...see you on the other side. Beth Love you madly♥️Miss you more
Posted 04/09/2018
BabyCakes Tribute
Kandice Manfredi Mathew Talacko my sweet angel. I love you and miss you more than you know. ....Mommom 3/21/90-7/2/15 Palm Coast Florida Kandice Manfredi Tribute Shannon She fought hard for many years. In the end, it was all too much. She loved well 💔💔💔 Shannon Tribute Tammy Brunelle

Our wonderful, talented, funny son Ryan passed away on May 12, 2016. Ryan was 27 and held a mechanical engineering degree. He was someone who wasn't afraid to fight for what he wanted, but opiates were a competitor Ryan didn't know how to battle. Hopefully this epidemic will spur new scientific research to advance the treatments available for addiction.

Sterling, MA. USA
Tammy Brunelle Tribute
Emma-Louise My beautiful darling man Edward Matthew West (Eddie), died aged 49 years in Hastings, East Sussex, United Kingdom following an 18 year battle with addiction.  You will always be in my heart and thoughts, I miss you every day baby, and whilst the pain of losing you is just unbearable at times, the memories of the wonderful times we spent together will give me the strength to carry on. Always and forever, your chubster xxxxx Emma-Louise Tribute Deanna

To my angel Andrew I miss you everyday that your not here , I will do this for us, love you with every inch of my heart and soul

Deanna 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
Mick Jordan Spencer Clark, Sunday was Mothers Day, I went and got flowers for Mom's grave and a shepherds hook to hang chime, it's like the one I hung at your grave buddy. While standing in line to pay I noticed everyone had fresh flowers they were buying for their Moms and it made me sad, envious, maybe jealous as they had their Mom here and this was my second year where Mom's flowers for Mothers Day was placed on her grave. Don't get me wrong, I am thankful they ( everyone I saw ) have their mothers present, it just hurt, that's all. I miss being able to talk to you Jordan and I miss you more than there are stars. I have the cd part 2 almost done. I think you would like it as its about you. A lot of sad songs of course yet you would know how much I cared for you Mate! That I love you and miss you!!! Rest in Gods Love my dear friend and know you are Loved and Missed each day. Til next then... Mick Tribute Sam Forever in our hearts. Forever loved. Megan Lauren 2/23/80-3/8/11. Love, Mom, Dad and Kyle Sam Tribute Ashley Mccraig In memory of my beautiful mother Tammy Morey. October 3, 1969 - April 12, 2016. Poplar Bluff Ashley Mccraig Tribute Rosemarie Timmy, I am so very very sorry.  I think I made just about every mistake in the book. I'm sorry, I did love you and I know you're at last at peace. Rosemarie Rosemarie Tribute LeiLani Abraham Paul Martinez. Sunrise 9/17/99 Sunset 6/2/20. My beloved grandson. He struggled against his addiction but lost the battle. Can't wait to see you again in heaven so I can tell you how proud I am of you and how much I love you. LeiLani Tribute Amy To my son Eric, I miss your beautiful smile, your laugh, bear hugs, and the way you lite up the room when you entered. I feel you next to me, guiding me, to help others. I'm grateful for this. I would never trade the 24 years we had together, including the ups and downs, for my love is always unconditional for you. I know my pathway now, have grown stronger, more determined, with incredible passion, to be a positive role model, and help other families that have lost a loved one. I do all I can to make a difference, this is our destiny together. LOVE TREMENDOUSLY and SMILE ANYWAY. Posted 08/06/2019 Amy Tribute Victoria My son James R Welch overdose March 17th 2016 hardest 5 months of my life I love you and I miss you baby Victoria Tribute Natalie My son died 6 weeks ago today from the affects of a drug overdose. He had been in a medically induced coma for 26 days. His name was Ryan and he was 35 when he died. He died from the damage to his lungs of pulmonary aspiration, he had no other medical problems he just was never again able to breathe for himself. He was my firstborn and I loved him so much, I'll miss him forever and I'll never get over or understand what happened to my beautiful boy. Natalie Tribute 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 Tribute Rachel This is my dear brother Peter "Pete" Plaud, sadly he lost his life at the young age of 28 from a heroin overdose!!.. He was truly one of the most loving and funny people I've known!! Always looking to not only put a smile on people's faces but make them crack up laughing, "a class clown" personality if you will, lol...He will forever live on in all of our hearts always!! Damn I miss you so much big bro and so does everyone here on earth!! Mad Love!! #spoony Rachel Tribute Heidi Riggs My husband and I lost our beautiful daughter Marin to a heroin overdose two years ago and in order to address the stigma about the disease and what can happen to a family we produced the video below with the Ohio Attorney General's Office and hope you will share. Would love to get involved anyway I can. I now work for the AG doing Outreach on this epidemic!! Thank you Heidi Riggs Tribute Nancy My wonderful Drew (Andrew), (9-16-2017) 25 years old, you will NEVER be forgotten. You live in my heart, my mind, my soul. I think of all the loving, special moments we had. To all who read this, his heart was a pot of gold, his sense of humour was contagious, and he was a real people lover, also a wonderful father. Please educate yourself about this disease, YES DISEASE so that your knowledge can help others! Nancy Tribute Ellen My only sibling died of an overdose in March 2004. It will be 15 years in 2019. It started so innocently 20 years before from a dislocated thumb. Please ALL be aware how easily it begins and can happen to anyone especially those with an addictive personality. This strongest weakness was used by the adversary of us all to grab hold of my sibling's life and finally took it. It started with #3s and ended with everything that contained opiates including cough syrup. My sibling first obtained it legally and in the end obtained it all illegally. An overdose death was something I was told would never happen to me because "I am careful." It is not just the physical part that is hard, it's the psychological part that is even harder. These are our loved ones, love them always, love comes first over any imperfection we have. They are of worth of infinite worth. The overdose spray was not available then like it is now, please have it on hand. I know I will see PHB again only without this addiction. My sibling is now reunited with our father who died in 1970, our mother and the dear grandmother who loved us both. God be with you 'til we meet again ~ from your loving sister
Posted 16/02/2019
Ellen Tribute
Cathy Grywakski Sean I will love and miss you always. You were a great printer and we miss your cooking and your laugh. We love you ♥ and I wish I had known that when you went to sleep you would never wake up again..Forgive me sweetheart..xoxo Cathy Grywakski Tribute Veronica My beautiful son, Jeremy Nathan Alterio died on April 7,2016 from a heroin/fentanyl overdose. He was 30 yrs old and about to start a new life as Jennifer. A couple of months before he died, picture of himself dressed as "Jenny" & posted it on his facebook page for all 435+ to see. I was so proud. His friends were so positive. He almost had it all.
Posted 31/08/2018
Veronica Tribute
Cherise We lost our Tanner Miller, the start of Our Lil’ Family... Our T-nore... Our Ohana... Our Foster Son...💔 It was extremely difficult to watch him fade away...We both loved him unconditional... We tried our best to help... We never gave up...But we wish we could have done more...In the end, I pray that he knew and felt the tremendous amount of love we had for him... We loved him no matter what and he will Always be a Significant Part of Our Family... I wonder if things may have turned out different for him if he was able to access the right support, a safe supply, treatment, who knows where he would be today. I miss you dearly my friend! We love You, Tanner Miller, forever, for always! “Stay Golden” P.S. you owe me a diary queen Sunday! 😉☺️💙 Cherise 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
Brittany snyder

We lost my little brother Ryan Casey Rodriguez on May 21st 2017. Not a day goes by that i dont think about him. We love and miss you Ry

Refugio texas usa
Brittany snyder Tribute
Jeremy 12-21-16 the day my beautiful loving son Jeremy passed there's not a moment in the day I don't think you you. Miss and love you always. Mom Evansville IN USA Jeremy Tribute Robert For my beautiful daughter Jessica, my babygirl, We all miss you so much.  Rest in peace honey. Love always, Your Daddy. Robert Tribute Jody I lost my son, Mason Kash.  He had fought addiction from 14 to 25.  My heart is shattered.  He left a brother and sister who are devestated.  July 3 2016 was the day he went to heaven and took my heart with him. Jody Tribute Robin R.I.P. To my sister and best friend, Taryn Lyle. You were and still are loved. I got your initials tattooed on my wrist since we never got to get our matching ones. Everything good I do in my life will be for you. I will never stop missing you! Xoxo. -your bestie for life, Robin. T.M.L. 10/9/84-7/27/16 *** if you are currently struggling with addiction, please let your loved ones know and build a strong support team. You are loved. Robin Tribute April babcock I lost my son Austen c Babcock 10/27/93-1/26/19.. Forever 25 Fentanyl in cocaine.. Mom will always say your name..I love you son always Posted 31/05/2019 April babcock Tribute Amanda

I'm an addict living in recovery.... This could be me. This disease has taken so many friends in the last couple of years. To those we've lost.... and those still struggling..... break the STIGMA!

Kansas City, MO
Amanda Tribute
Kathy To my eldest child and only son, Not one day goes by that I don’t have you in my thoughts. Whether it’s a thought filled with sorrow, anger or regret it is and always will be a thought full of love. Whether addicted or sober you were my son. You ARE my son. Death will never change that. I love you Son.. yesterday I did, today I do and tomorrow I will.. Posted 04/06/2019 Kathy 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 Arlene

Gabriel Stephan Rice 9/30/81-4/12/13
This boy! Oh my, how we loved him so!! Hilarious. Witty. Singer. Musician. But most importantly my son. Did you know he liked his ears rubbed? And his nicknane was "Charlie Brown"? So needless to say, even as a grown man, I rubbed his ears. Mom's can do stuff like that. And every time he was headed out the door, and after a quick ear rub, I'd wave him off and say "You be a good boy Charlie Brown." Gabriel always smilled that crooked smile at me, would wave, and say "I love you mom." He never lost his compassion or love for others. So giving in his nature. But he lost his life to an overdose. I'll never get over his death. But believe 100% I get him back on the other side of eternity. So, for now, I grieve with hope.

Arlene Tribute
Tina Fischer In loving memory of my sweet nephew, Jason Hamm.....he lost his battle on May 11, 2010 Posted 27/08/2019 Tina Fischer Tribute Wanda Missing my Beautiful daughter Anna! Forever loved, Forever missed taken in 2017 to a drug overdose. Wanda Tribute Charles David This tribute is to my oldest son Charles, 11-4-1974 - 3-3-2019, Another senseless death, A life taken too soon, A soul that is dearly loved. The void in OUR hearts will never be filled, a part of us left with you and your brother and we will never be whole again. We will love you and forever miss you and our lives will never be whole again until we are united with you both again......#notonemore# Charles David Tribute Lacey I'd like to dedicate a few words to my insanely loud and hilarious older brother, Donovan Long. Donovan has just celebrated his 40th birthday a couple weeks before he was found laying on the floor and unresponsive in his home. My husband and I had finally taken a trip to the beach with our then 1 and 2 year old to Destin when Donovan died. And I hadn’t spoken to my brother since we left for the trip either. To be honest, Donovan and I loved and cared for each other so much like normal siblings do, but at times, it was a true “love-hate” relationship between us. I didn’t always agree with the choices he made but knew nobody’s perfect. I certainly had no right to judge him the way I did at times. I think I just always felt like if I stood up to him and spoke the truth, I wouldn’t be enabling him. I just wanted him to know I didn’t agree with his lifestyle choices that were ultimately not entirely his fault I might add. Trying to show the tough love that’s so hard but necessary sometimes. You see, Donovan worked on an oil rig and got hurt when he was in his early 20's. Had his 1st back surgery, then a 2nd 4 years after the first one. Then by the time he was about 35, he had his final 3rd back surgery to correct and replace what went wrong with the first 2. So his back was never right as you can imagine. But the amount of prescription pain killers they prescribed him was beyond ridiculous. He used to take 3xday 30mg roxys, and 10mg percocets for break through pain as needed up to 3Xday. That’s a lot of damn pills for one dude regardless of his size. Nonetheless, he always got them filled bc he knew he would go into withdrawals without them. And that’s the worst thing to feel when your dependent on opioids. Donovan also use them as trade/backup money if he needed to.. He had traded his prescriptions the month before he died to pay rent and deposit for his new place. So Donovan’s tolerance was very low when he picked up his prescriptions just the day before his accident. And I’ll never forget getting woke up on our 2nd to last day on vacation in beautiful Destin...My husband asking me sternly to wake up and call my mom or dad, and other brother bc they’d all been calling for nearly 2 hours now. And it was only 6:30am at the time. . Then my MIL walked in and said she too had missed calls from all of them. I knew right then in my heart exactly what they were about to say. My heart jumped straight to my throat when the phone started ringing as I called my mom back. As soon as she picked up the phone I heard this intense moan and painful swallow she made when she started to talk but couldn’t. But I already knew what she was about to say. I knew in my heart and it made me snap inside. I was so mad at Donovan. I went outside and yelled at the top of my lungs every foul mouth word I could think of. Threw some beach chairs and was flat out pissed. I wanted Donovan here in front of me so I could tell him this was bullshit and he had no right to die. How dare him? My amazing trip had soon turned to one I never wanted to remember. And now every time I think about the beach.. I think about how “sad mad” I got when I had to hurry home early from vacation bc the funeral home was waiting on me to see Donovan one last time before he was cremated. I was mad at Donovan bc I was mad at myself. I had so much regret and thoughts of whether or not I was too hard on him the last time we spoke? And I felt horrible that I wasn’t there with him to help him. Or revive him. And he died by accident all alone. My brother knew drugs and was built like a tank. But it doesn’t matter if your tolerance is low. This is why so many that relapse accidentally die. They try to pick up where they left off. Donovan was born on July 13th and died July 30th just a couple weeks after his 40th birthday. He loved his family so much and especially his two boys. They have both graduated high school and are becoming fine young men. Donovan I hope you watch over us everyday the way I think of you. I’m sorry for all the hurtful things I ever said to you. I love you more than you’ll ever know and I’ll never forget all the funny memories we shared and contagious laugh you always had. Even during the hardest of rains, you seemed to shine. Always finding the good in everything and everyone. Your very missed and loved. I’ll see you again someday but until then, stay cool big brother! Posted 11/07/2019 Lacey Tribute




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