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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.

Mike, Patrick, Deirdre, Malcolm, Cindy, too young, too soon, the good times remembered always


Sweet Child of Mine,

Miss and love you every minute of every day my beautiful, talented, sweet, smart, handsome forever 21 year old son, Zack (8/25/89-5/1/11)! There are no words to express the loss…

I love you Z,


In memory of Dylan K. Hadley, forever in our hearts and always on our minds. I love and miss more and more with each passing day.

Love always,


In memory of my beautiful son, Kenneth Charles Grym whos passed away January 8, 2010 of a heroin overdose. Rest peacefully my prince… All my Love, All my life….


My darling Zoe,
There is not a day that goes by that we don’t think of you, miss you terribly, wish for one more hug, one more word, long to hear your laugh, want to feel you, need to hear your voice, need to see your smile. Life without you is not right. But we’re doing wonderful work, work that you would have done yourself but for one mistake, one night.
I think you would be proud of all were doing, and Zoe, it’s all for you, in your memory, in your honor and filled with so much love, forever.
We miss you so much.

Robin Kellner and John Sicher

The days go by and our lives are never the same. We welcomed a new little boy into our lives just seven months after you left us….he speaks about you always….we keep you in our lives through our little grandson everyday. He and his soon to be little brother will never have the pleasure of sitting on your surf board with you as they learn how to ride the waves. Tim you rode all of the good waves with dad and we rode the rough waves together!!! In our hearts we will always know that you tried your best and struggled everyday with this horrible affliction that is called addiction!!! With you holding us up we have pledged to make a difference and make addiction no more. Tim I love and miss you everyday. Love Mom

Teri Kroll

To a dear friend Arron Lloyd Seals, 1989-2011, who lost his battle to a multiple drug overdose, including a fatal dose of Dilaudid. I know it was so hard for you after losing your father, your rock. We all watched in pain as you slowly fell apart right before our eyes. I regret every day not trying to help you more with your many addictions, but losing you helped us all learn that we must never again sit idly by and I promise that I never again will.

And to Zach Beauregard, who we’re so lucky to still have with us today after three drug overdoses that he was saved from. Zach, heroin had you in its grip for a long time and I am so happy and proud that you are on the road to recovery. I can’t imagine how much you struggle each day not to go back down that long, dark road. Just know that you are so blessed to still be with us and know that we are so proud of you!


Jean-Marc June 2011
So many years later our paths crossed again. You were quite the character then and still were so many years later. I am happy to have met you again and the time we spent catching up. I tried to be there for you as a youth but it took me more time and experience to truly understand. I’m happy that we reunited and you shared your time and experiences with me. I truly miss you and our chats. RIP


Roofer Mike
You are truly missed. Your smile, jokes and engaging conversations were something I always looked forward to. Peace be with you.


Daddy, I wish you could be with me this year, and be there in the audience when I walk across the stage to get my diploma.. I hope I make you proud every day. I know you didn’t mean for it to turn out this way, but you are in a better place now.
I miss you more every day.
Love always, Tiffany

Your Princess

Miss you so much words cannot say. My life will never be the same without you. I only pray I see you in Heaven my Beautiful Boy. Your Mom sisssy and brother miss you. Mommy

Susan Crane Button

My dear brother Jeff, I miss you so much, your little girl and mom and dad miss you terribly…there is a huge hole in our hearts because you are not here with us. I wish I would have been there for you but I was an idiot and thought you were invincible. Not a day goes by when I don’t think of you and where you are now and what I could have done to prevent it. I love you so much my big bro. Peace.


Nicky O, Reece S, Paul M , always remembered x


To all my many friends who have been lost to drug overdose, I think of you every day and you will always live on within our hearts


To all the people, way too many to mention, that lost their lives through addiction. Not a week goes by where I don’t think of at least one of you. Rest in peace my friends.

Neil C

In honor of my beautiful son, who has struggled with heroin addiction for the last year, in and out of rehab.. but is now in college. I’m so incredibly lucky, so grateful. There’s not a single day that goes by that I don’t think of this horrible crisis and all those young souls we’ve lost to heroin. I wish Chicago would respond to the crisis appropriately, with as much energy and determination as the drug dealers.


In memory of my beautiful and loving son, John, who suffered an accidental heroin overdose on April 4, 2012. He lived on life support in the hospital for one month and passed away on May 4, 2012. I love and miss him more than words could ever express.
John Patrick DiDonna 3/17/87 – 5/4/12

Stephanie DiDonna

Honoring my beautiful daughter Hannah Rachel O’Harra-Brown

Hannah died of a horrible accident. A bad choice, lapse in judgment. She ingested a prescription narcotic, that did not belong to her, along with alcohol fell asleep and quit breathing. That is the truth, the end. How she died doesn’t change who she was. A beautiful soul. I choose to share pieces of our story with you because I realize people make up stories when they don’t know the truth. She was an incredible person, everything you could hope for in a child. She gave more love than I ever knew possible. She always put her family first and adored her grandpas. She was smart, a smart ass, funny, loving, courageous, dedicated, dependable, hard working, honest, a beautiful soul. I must have said a thousands times through out her life “Hannah you have the soul of an angel” She was not perfect, flawed like we all are but to us she was everything.
I love and miss you every second of everyday

Melissa O’Harra-Brown

To Pascal. I will always remember you. Love


My son, Chance died on August 30,2009 of a heroin overdose. There isn’t a day that goes by, I don’t think of him. I wish we could save all the young people from this tragic and senseless death. I know if he had the choice, he would still want to be here. I keep his memory alive by trying to help other addicts. Chance, you are my Light, my Joy, my Heart. Love, Mom

Gaynor Hofmann

To my incredibly courageous, loving, and wonderful nephew Greg Devon better known to me as Boo . . .without you, we are lost and without you life is incomplete. You will always be in my heart and I can’t wait for the day I see you again and you flash that beautiful smile at me and I see all the pain and suffering erased from your face. Knowing you are finally not struggling with the pain and torture of this devil drug helps and knowing you are in the most beautiful place helps and remembering that I will see you again gives me strength. You are and always will be my Boo! Love you so so much!

Aunt La

In memory and honor of my handsome and very special nephew Greg Devon. There isn’t a day that goes by without thinking of you….at times I cry and other times I smile and say one of the famous sayings you had :). We knew when you were young that you were a special person, and you held true to that. God needed you with him to work your special magic in heaven. You fought the good fight and I am so proud to be your Aunt Mo. Thank you for all the beautiful memories that will forever be in my heart. Until I see you on the other side…know that I will love you forever. XOXOXO

Aunt Mo

For Sonia Nicole or “Nikki” the best friend I ever had my whole life, some one I wanted to know until old age. Gifted artist, brilliant mind and loving spirit. May you fly free from all your worries and troubles now and forever. Ended her battle with Heroin 2 days after her 30th birthday on June 30th. May no one suffer as you have suffered, I miss you and wish I could have prevented everything.


To: Andrew (6/15/91-10/11/12)
My dear son, I think about you every minute of everyday. How could an evil drug take hold of such a wonderful son? I am so lucky to have had you for 21 years. I love you Andrew, my precious son…

Mom, Sharon Gidcumb

You were loved with my whole heart from the day you were born and even more today a month after your overdose. 10-11-12 my life changed forever the day you left this life… Beyond our parents you were the first person I loved.. Your big blue eyes and deep beautiful dimples made me smile every time I saw you… I’m so sorry I couldn’t save you and wish everyday I realized in how much trouble and pain you were in… I will never forget you and will think of you everyday.. I have been watching our childhood flash before my eyes everyday I would give anything for one more kiss, hug, laugh, conversation or even slap in the head. My heart breaks you will not be hear to see your nephew grow. I will make sure he knows you.. I hope you are free and at peace.. I love you so much and apologize for failing you.. I can’t wait for the day I see you again.. I love you forever Michael James Love your sister

Your big sister Christine

Dear Ismael, I am so hurt that you had to leave us so suddenly and in the manner in which you left this world. I just wish you would have called on me or anybody else for help. Learning that you accidentally overdosed on Heroin, Cocaine and Meth was devastating to your children and to myself. I know that you knew God and believed in him but somehow this terrible drug addiction coupled with alcohol was too much for you to bear. All I know that the sting of Death will someday be eliminated when we see you again. No matter what, you were an excellent Dad to the kids and they will always have you in their hearts.

Rosalinda Gonzalez

This world was not meant for you, you were destined for the heavens…may peace be with you always. Love eternally, Heather


For my cousin Cody Peyton. Though we barely knew one another, we were close. Always there when I fell and needed help up. Putting a smile on everyone’s face. You should still be here with us. It is not fair, the one who caused the pain still breathes the breath that should be yours. Forever you are missed, but will never be completely gone. For you will live on within our hearts.


Dearest Monique,

It’s been quite a few years since you left us, but i think of you often, and i miss you heaps.

Love alway’s, Greg xxx


Shanon I think about you all the time. You were only 19. Just a child this dam dis-ease took you 7 years ago. I will always rember you because I know you are watching over me in heaven.


Allen Michael Nix died of a drug overdose on 12/19/2012 He was my brother, and my best friend. Addiction is a horrible, disease, that will inevitably either end you in jail, or in the ground.


My son Chris died of an overdose on 12/18/12. He struggled with addiction for many of his 35 years. He had cheated death many times before but this time death took him. His pain has stopped. Good-bye Chris.

Dad – Kip

In loving memory of my friend Eric Aul, (07/26/85-12/18/12) who tried so valiantly to conquer his demons. R.I.P. You will live forever in my heart and although your death causes me immense pain, my fond memories of you bring me great joy. See you at the crossroads!


For my brother-in-law, Brandon. Died December 28, 2012. Our hearts are broken. So many questions left unanswered. Two children left behind at 28 years old. I’ve never seen our family in so much pain. Your death was unexpected, even though your drug use was controlling your life. I guess it never really seems real until someone you love dies. I always hoped you would pull out of it, or get sober in jail. I can’t believe you’re gone. We never made amends. I never told you I forgive you even if you aren’t sorry. Or that I love you. Or how much you meant to your brother. Now it’s too late. I hope you will rest in peace, and that time will make this easier to bare. <3


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.


To my young son Zak, he was only just 21 when he died of a heroin overdose September 23, 2012. He was my everything. He fell hard into drugs off and on for the last 2 and a half years. He was clean for months and suddenly overdosed, when he slipped up and relapsed. He died less than a week after going back to the drug.

I miss you so much Zak. You will always be my shining star. Your sister and brother miss you very much and talk about you like you are still here with us. Zak loved his sister and brother, despite his own personal struggles. He was never one to miss one of their holiday shows or concerts. We are an “I Love You” family and I’m glad we all had that relationship with him. His personality didn’t change when he struggled. He was still sweet and loving, and I’ll miss him for ever.

Lisa, your Mom

Quentin was only a junior in high school. I didn’t even know him very well, just seen him around school. It was New Years Eve and he overdosed and died today because of it. No one thinks it’ll happen to them and they’ll be lucky, but it can literally happen to ANYONE who takes too much of too many different things. Be safe.


My sweet baby boy-born 12-1-86 died 12-9-12. Lost his battle to a heroin addiction. The addiction took him over and turned him into someone that no one recognized He was no longer the boy we loved and knew. He could no longer handle the addiction and took his own life with an intentional overdose. We all love and miss you Raymond. May God take you in His arms and comfort you after all if the pain and torment you suffered. We love you Raymond. Love your mom, step-dad, Maura, Nick Connor, Kaelynn, Amee and all your grandparents, aunts, uncles cousins. Rest in peace my sweet Angel.


To my son Neil, who passed away April 18 2012. You were 26. I wish I could have saved you. I wish I could have done anything to have you here still, why did you have to try heroin, you were so amazing and so loved I think about you every day. I have a new grandson, your nephew. When I hold him it is so bittersweet. It’s like holding you and the tears just stream down my face. No mother should ever go through a death of a child especially to that evil drug heroin. I was blessed to have you for 26 years and every memory is seared in my heart. I love you so much I will see you in heaven my dear son. One million kisses – and a million more.


Love you Christopher, you are embedded in my broken heart forever. My lingering feeling is I could have done more; but in the end, it was you and you alone battling this addiction. Peace be with you and your beautiful spirit.


To: Jimmy, my son, who passed away 8/12/12 from accidental overdose.
If I only had listened to what you did not say and encouraged you to seek help. How I loved you dear son and how much we were alike. I want to know you more. I want more time. I want to see you become ALL that you had potential for. My heart is forever broken. I am honored to be your mom and I am blessed to have had the precious gift of you in my life for 28 years.


To my beloved son, who was bipolar, and over-medicated to help him “cope”…..His name was Brad and he died October 30, 2012. I was to go over that night and we were going to dye each other’s hair for Halloween. He had phoned me that morning and told me how great and good he felt, and he wanted to get together that evening. I got a migrane and didn’t go over to his home. I never got to talk with him again and tell him how much I loved him.
Brad, your dad and brother and I loved you so much. We know you struggled but we sure loved you. We miss you and will see you soon. You are with us forever.
Much love


In memory of my beautiful daughter who overdosed on sept. 23, 2013, Tabitha Gahn, she was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother of 2, avery 8 and jacob 12. she had her own dog grooming business. She died of toxicity from multi-drugs she received from a pill mill dr….check out nope task force pinellas co. i love and miss u tabi, love mom & jeremy the drugs she received created a lethal cocktail.


Dear Lucas, Not a day, and rarely a minute passes by that I do not think about you. You were an old soul, and dear friend to many, including myself. Your talent was astounding, your intelligence amazing. You had a beautiful mind, and were a quality person in this dreadfully sad life. You were devastated at your losses, yet were in recovery. You made peace with everyone, and examined your life. You were removed from the methadone program after being suddenly laid off from your job,losing your apartment, getting your heart broken, losing your baby and detoxed rapidly from a very high dose. It became clear to you that the clinic had no intention or incentive to “help you with rehab”, or detox you safely when you could no longer afford it either. You rose to the occasion of detoxing like a very brave man, and had hopes for your life. You were doing so well, it was a surprise that they say you died of an accidental combination drug overdose. You were a sensitive person, loving others deeply; and feeling pain unbearably. I am so grateful at the month we spent together last fall, and that you are in heaven with your only true father. 33 years seems too short. I am so sad I do not know if I can get through this. So very sad that you died alone (it appears) and that those around you were too chicken to get help when you needed it. I hope I can go on to live out your memory. You nieces and sisters miss you terribly. You had a sparkle in your eye and a spring in your step. I feel so lost sometimes. I loved every part of you, even though you struggled so much devastation. I am so sorry that it began to seem like the same old story, when you were trying to tell us how stressed out and depressed you were. I would give up everything material to be around you now, even though you wanted for me to keep my home, or move closer to you; which we were working on. Wish I would have gotten you back home from Colorado sooner. Did not think you would be coming home this way. Love you always and forever…Momma


Scott, I think of you every day. How could I not? Mental illness took over. I am so sorry for that and wish there was something anybody could have done for you. Yes, you were the smartest person in the room but you were also the funniest. It was a struggle that was not to be overcome. I hope you are at peace. You knew this to be your destiny. That’s sad. I hung out with you for a while at the cemetery today. Too many other young adults there for the same reason. 8/9/79-12/15/12.


To my beautiful daughter, Amy, who died on January 2, 2013 of an overdose. I am struggling every day just to stay alive because I do not want to live without you. I’m so sorry I couldn’t help you and that I was not with you when you died. I will never, ever get over it. I know I have to go on for your children, Bailey and Will, but I am hurting so much and I miss you every minute of every day. I wish I could make every young person out there understand the pain that comes with drug use, for them and for their families.

I love you my baby girl, forever,


My son passed away 1/26/2013 at the age of 24. They say cardiac arrest from accidental overdose. I love and miss you so much. You were my first born and only son. I am so lost, heart broke and feel guilty because I was not there with you and I could not help you. I love u son


To: My wonderful son Andrew. You are so loved and missed every day. Heaven is now a beautiful place with my precious son Andrew there. I feel you with me every second of each day. Until our hearts meet again! XOXO


To my son Jonathan who passed away of a overdose on 11/6/2012. I miss you so much. I miss your laugh and silly jokes. You struggled most of your life with addiction and I wish I could have done more. I feel both angry and hurt at times. I am sorry you were all by yourself that day with no help. I miss you Beetle Bailey with all my heart.You will always be the twinkle in my heart..xxxooo


To Austin, my first born……
How the pain swallows my heart from day to day living without you. I know drugs were your friend and your enemy. You tried so very very hard to stop using. The evil drugs however won you over. Luckily, God won your soul.
Please know that your life impacted so many people here, and you were so loved and so important to all of us.
May you rest in comfort and peace.
Love your family and friends.