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Tributes

Remembering those who have died or been injured because of overdose is an important part of International Overdose Awareness Day.

Tributes will be posted below as soon as they are approved.

Please be aware that as this is a public forum, any use of profanity or personal attacks in Tributes may lead to the Tribute not being published.

I would like to remind our beautiful Angels we are missing them so much: Erica Lynn Brown, Michael Alberhasky ,We Love You So Much! Watch over us.

Liz

Love you Mikey Miss you and wish I would of been there for you,
Always on my mind sorry for letting you down
love Aunt Julie

Michael

Shane we think of you often. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
You live on in the hearts and minds of the loving family you left behind.
Memory is a lovely lane, Where hearts are ever true,
A lane I so often travel down,
Because it leads to you.
Forever grateful for our son.

Buffey

I’m remember my friends I lost to this terrible illness, Brian Mathewson, Trina Wilkins, Charlie Long, Robert Weaver

Eric

my father Joel Motichka

dana

To Big Kenny: Now you’ve got to “Fly to the Angels.” I dance to that song for you always.

Lily

We love and miss you Sean. Thank you for living so passionately and for trying so hard.

Ruth

Edward Hunter III (poops)

Amy

Michael you are missed every single day. Your life was important and will never ever be forgotten. I love you my dear Michael.

Heidi

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

Dytique , to my amazing god brother.
You are deeply loved & you are missed deeply
I didn’t have the privilege to meet you in human form yet I know you are wholeheartedly here spiritually watching over your dearest mommy, all of your siblings and for anyone that needs you and misses you deeply. From your Godsister I love you… Until we meet again “Spiderman” forever the hero

Diamond

My beautiful boy Buddy , oh how we miss you here so much . You left us so empty the tears never stop. We will never understand why or how your illness took you down so quickly right after returning from treatment. We will remember the wonderful memories. Your infectious smile laughter , jokes and your love for everyone around you . You were such a beautiful person and friend . You heart was to big for this world such a teddy bear . When God called you home your sufferings were no longer. I thank God for the 25 years we had with you . We love you Buddy and miss you . A candle remains lit here for you .The light you were in our lives , Until we are together again. Mom , Dad and family .

Debbie

My beautiful boy Buddy , oh how we miss you here so much . You left us so empty the tears never stop. We will never understand why or how your illness took you down so quickly right after returning from treatment. We will remember the wonderful memories. Your infectious smile laughter , jokes and your love for everyone around you . You were such a beautiful person and friend . You heart was to big for this world such a teddy bear . When God called you home your sufferings were no longer. I thank God for the 25 years we had with you . We love you Buddy and miss you . A candle remains lit here for you as light you were in our lives , Until we are together again. Mom , Dad and family .

Our only son “Buddy” died from a fentanyl overdose
06/15/1995- 11/10/2020

Debbie

Miss you teek !
Always a cool vibe , always had a smile on your face 🤍
I’ll always remember the times we had.
Thank you for being the part in being Kaidens God Father.
It was always ” uncle Teek , uncle Teek ”
He loves you & I’ll make sure he never forgets you.
I hope heaven is treating you right and you’re at peace 🤍
Fly High Teek 🙏🏼

Kristen

In loving memory of our wildflower, Carey Leigh West. 12/4/72-3/16/18. Forever loved, forever missed💜

Janis

In loving Memory of Dytique Fisher you are truly missed and loved beyond death . 🌹🌹🖤🙏🏽May you continue to sleep in peace and continue to watch over your mom , brothers and sister . Love you Auntie Vanessa 🙏🏽🙏🏽💐

Vanessa

Samantha Clemons you were such a great person. We miss you and love you.

Tammy

Gary Murphy. You were my other. Fartface for life. An actor and true genius. I forgot tomorrow is not promised. Please reach out if you are struggling w mental health and addiction. You were the real deal.

Melissa

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

Dytiqueeeeeee, oh my dear son, my first born gone so young at age 28. 😔😔😔💔💔💔😭😭😭. My soul aches; there is an emptiness that cannot be fulfilled since you have been gone. I miss you so much, there isn’t one day that goes by that I do not think about you.
I love you 😘❤️ 🕷 💙😘

Nyree

In loving memory of my husband Russell Brewer. Born November 27th 1987…. Taken April 18th 2021. Russell had the biggest heart of anyone I had ever known. He do absolutely anything he possibly could to help anyone else. He is the love of my life, the father of your beautiful two year old son. He is missed and loved by so many. It gets harder and harder to live without him every day. I will love you always and forever, forever and always.

Rachel

Brandon was my first born, the one that made me a mom. On 10/16/2019 I found him dead in his bed from what we now know was a mix of Xanax, Oxycodone and Fentanyl, he was 21. Each day I wake up and can’t believe this is my life now. He developed an addiction to opioids after surgery for a football injury in college. By the time I realized how bad his addiction was it was too late. I lost my son twice, first to his addiction and again when he died. His loss was like an earthquake and the after shocks just keep coming 💔😞

Tina

Remembering my twin daughters who were victims of the opioid epidemic that has been sweeping the world. Two more lives cut short way too soon. Amanda died on Aug 31, 2009, age 25, in ICU @Royal Alex Hospital, Edmonton, with us, her loving family at her bedside. Her twin, Shanda, was emotionally bereft and never recovered from her broken heart. Shan struggled on, trying to be brave. Sadly, her pain was too much to bear. Shan died on Dec 24, 2017, age 33, in ICU @Calgary Foothills. You are both free to soar now released from the shackles of addiction. RIP My Beauties! Love always, Mom, MJ, Peanut & Merry Sunshine

Tracy

In loving memory of my beautiful son Luke, who sadly lost his battle & passed away Xmas day 2018.💔
Such a charismatic soul, loyal & kind.
Not a day goes by my boy that I don’t think of you Luka.
I love you, watch over Summer please.
Luke’s Mum Forever 21❤️‍🩹

Trish

Ruaty-James (RJ) Parker
1990-2016
My dearest Bug, I miss you so much my baby boy.
Forever in my heart,
Mom

Camelia

Ruaty-James (RJ) Parker
1990-2016
My dearest Bug, I miss you so much my baby boy.
Forever in my heart,
Mom

Camelia

John Joseph “JJ” O’Brien
06-03-1978 to 05-22-2015

Lisa

Tribute to my son, Ethan Tyler England
April 18, 1994 to August 24, 2018

Ethan loved to a fault, making sure everyone else, near and far, was well every day. His spark unexplainably drew everyone he met to him. There was a uniqueness about him that was captivating since his birth. He loved catfishing, music and binging Netflix. He had a deep compassion for those who were disabled, underprivileged, and elderly. He loved to hear stories about the ‘old days.’ He couldn’t wait for the birth of his son, Kasen Tyler Cole England, who was born November 24th. I am sure he is very near, and watching over his baby, and us all.

Rebecca

I want to keep my daughter Patience Myers memory alive. She was a beautiful woman, a mother, a daughter, a granddaughter. She brought so much joy to this world and touch so many lives in her short 19 years. She left behind two beautiful children. She was not just another statistic. I love and miss you baby girl…. 8-9-99 – 6-17-19

Amy

In Loving Memory Of My Brother CJ
#Forever39 #BigBro #YouAreLoved #YouAreMissed

Brandi

To my sons James and Chris,
I love and miss you to the moon and back.
Love Mommy

Patricia

In loving memory of my daughter Kaylia Fannin. You left us 9/4/2019, some days it feels like yesterday other days I feel like I have forgotten your laugh,.. You live on in my heart, and in the hearts of your brothers grandparents aunts uncles and friends.

Shannon

Randy Abrams was the youngest of five children — our baby brother. As a young boy, he was curious, fearless, athletic, friendly. Through every stage of life, he had many friends, and people were always uplifted when he shared time with them. He was burdened to work through demons that have slain many. I remember his hugs, his genuine love for family and friends, his support, his encouragement, his compliments, his participation with events that none of us realized were excruciating for him. Yet he put on the mask and made everyone around him happy. For us. He had a kind soul who sincerely cared for the people in his world: family, co-workers, friends. He is missed. I love you little brother. Know that your life mattered. You gifted humanity in many ways and I’m sorry you left us so soon.

Mike

In loving memory of Todd Hebert who passed away on 8/4/18. We miss your big heart, your funny jokes, and your laughter. Brother, you are never far from our thoughts and prayers. We will be forever grateful for our last time spent together when you visited us in February. You were LOVED!

Kevin and Laurie

My son Ray was full of life. He loved all of the Philadelphia sports teams and music. He was able to actually meet a few of the players while working ay Citizens Bank Park and the Linc during his recovery. He was a DJ for many years, he was able to be out in the well-known clubs and thrived!
His substance use disorder started when his biological father took his life in 2010. We had just reunited with him and he has relocated from Al. This was Ray’s fairy tale, though it didn’t end well. His father had mental issues that were undiagnosed. My son used to tell me the drugs numbed the pain. Through time, he got in with the wrong crowd and gf. His usage skyrocketed. He was in rehab 5 times, crisis center, halfway house and his last year in a recovery house. He was almost 1 year clean. It was a blessing, I got to see my son again. His eyes weren’t hollow, they were sparkling and a beautiful green, he looked healthy and plugged into a 12-step program, had a sponsor, went to a rehab he had been in to talk to people about his experience. On 7/21/19, I received the call no parent ever wants to get. I had been with him the prior day for 8 hours. I’ll never know what triggered him though with this vicious disease it doesn’t take much. Also, all recovery houses aren’t reputable as I regretfully found out and definitely not the right environment for people to actually recover. I pray changes happen soon for the whole recovery/rehab situation. It’s definitely not set up well for people to get the appropriate help they really need. I miss my son every day, he should still be here. 💜Ray💜 Forever 38.

Dawn

Funny, kind and having a deep love of all animals, Justin so just wanted to have a normal life . Sadly he passed away July 01 2019. He hoped to have a family, see the world and start a new career !!
We miss him more than words can express…
#ioad2021
#momsstoptheharm
#safesupply

Linda

In remembrance of Joseph Malinowski. One year ago, 8/16/20 we lost you son to a tragic overdose at the age of 38. Our world will never be the same. Your kindness throughout a deep struggle lasting over a decade is your legacy. Your words to others in the way of support and being a friend will always be remembered. The love for your family, nieces and nephews, your sisters, this has been earth shattering for those that knew you. Forever loved dearest most beloved Joey, until we meet again, mama.

Denise

I knew three amazing people. For whatever short time they had on this earth they touched a lot of peoples lives. They were kind and caring and would do anything to help out a friend, family, or stranger. Each had different circumstances in their passing’s. The common factor was the illicit and prescription drug use that gave them some relief from their demons but ultimately took their lives. I think about their suffering while being functional in dealing with all pain they were experiencing. Two were alone and found; the other could not be resuscitated. I hope that they now have the peace they could not get while alive. All are forever missed.

Michelle

Ollie my good friend, big hearted, warm hearted and a friend to all he crossed paths with. I don’t think I met anyone who didn’t enjoy his presence, everyone smiled when they saw him coming and he smiled back. Almost 2 years since I saw you last, I will never forget you.

Ollie died from an overdose when his tolerance was low and after he had been drinking alcohol during the day. In the last week of October 2019, late on sat night (26) or in the small hours of Sunday (27) morning, Ollie didn’t wake up. Love you to where ever you are brother…

Kiffy

I cared for someone as an AOD Worker who lost their partner to cancer and he and I always talked about fishing, when we weren’t talking about support for his drug dependence and “grief and loss”. I never did get to go fishing with him but will always remember the joy he had when we had these yarns. He did say that overdose was a constant companion and that one day he just might “do it”.

Zane

Our Jaelyn Marie, Forever 21. Went home April 27, 2017. Far too early for us here left behind. Forever missed. Until we meet again my love.
Jaelyn’s words, “Hope is the only thing stronger than fear”

Julie

My Tribute is to all the people that I and my colleagues have been unable to reach. It is also to my brother Tommy. I love you Tommy and I do miss you. I am also sorry I was not aware back then, but I promise you Tommy, I am aware now.
Since I began counseling, my colleagues and I have not reached all that we have hoped to reach. On behalf of my fellow counselors, I express my deepest sympathies. No single person need die of an overdose. Call your local city, county or state social services department, or look it up online. Most states distribute free Narcan via grants. Also, many states allow pharmacists to distribute through special programs for reasonable prices. It never hurts to ask and having Narcan will help you save a life.

Robert

Hi Karl.
You remind me that it’s important to sort things out with friends and family, as you never know what will happen, and what’s around the corner.

You did a lot with the time you had.

your wide, messy, legacy still stands, and the people that love you are still making art and music and laughing.

Andrew

KYLE
YOU HAVE BEEN GONE NOW FOR 4 YEARS AND I SOMETIMES DONT KNOW HOW I MOVE ON, BUT KNOWING THAT I UNDERSTAND AND CAN HELP SOMEONE THROUGH THE DISEASE OF ADDICATION HELPS ME TO BE ABLE TO MOVE ON. YOUR SHORT LIFE HAS A PURPOSE FOR ME AND ITS ALL ABOUT ADDICATION, ONE DAY WE WILL REMOVE THE STIGMA AND UGLINESS AND THERE WILL BE UNDERSTNDING BECAUSE OF YOU. LOVE YOU FOREVER AND ALWAYS UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN.

LOVE YOU AUNT BARB

Barbara

Darin – 3 months ago you were taken away from us. My life has changed forever over night. I miss you and love you so much. I pray every night you are at peace and not fighting those demons anymore. I believe you are safe now and watching over us. Love you so much Darin’s mom – Forever 33 ❤😢

Carol

Alexandra Nicole Salomaa (05/10/1988- 29/11/2019) died as a result of an accidental overdose due to fentanyl poisoning in cocaine. She had 5 times the toxicity level in her system and the coroner concluded that she died quickly. Her ‘friends’ took off and left her to die, before calling the police to say that she was dead. Those friends are still in Mimico ( Etobicoke ) Ontario. The house she died in is currently being demolished and rebuilt, and the dealers have moved on to other victims.
My heart is forever shattered because she was my first born, super achiever, with a caring heart of gold, and with a laugh and smile that would light up a room. No mother should ever have to bury her child.
Alexandra, I feel your presence every day, I know you are watching down on me from heaven and I know you don’t want me to cry and be sad ( like when you were a young girl). I miss you and I see signs from you and sometimes I feel you, near to me. You are free from your demons now, so fly Alex, fly.

Sharon

To my husband Roger Dale Beasley Jr (my bubbie) took me 30 years to say yes to marry you and in just a few short months herion took you from me so young age 43 I miss you everyday my love life’s just not the same love the girl next door

pamela

In loving Memory of John, son of Linda Jackson.

Lynne

This tribute is for my son, Brian Mair. It is also a warning for others. Brian took one fentanyl tablet and died. One. The coroner told me his stomach was empty and she easily found the small green dot of colour from the tablet there. He was 11 days from his 27th birthday. He did not fully understand the danger or the mega potency of the drug. To say we are devastated is a huge understatement. That was 5 yrs ago in Calgary, AB. He was a beautiful person and he should be here.

Beth

Edward John Koso Jr A devoted Husband father brother uncle and son loved by many. Suddenly past on 4-20-2020 by an accidental overdose after years of sobriety lost on his first relapse during the stress of the COVID-19 crises. Never Forgotten our Hero our protector our everything. May you be at peace and surrounded by love until we meet again. Love your number one fans, your Family
Kristy, Ej, Alexa, Leah, Jayden, Jaylen and Patch

Kristy