Submitted by: Alan Auclair (father)
My Tribute: My dear beloved son died what will be three years this July. He had just turned 20 the month before. He enjoyed playing football, fishing and wrestling for nearly 9 years. He was also an avid outdoorsman and loved farming. He didn't know a stranger as he went out of his way to always help others. He struggled with addiction most of his teenage years. His death is especially tragic and preventable. Both his Mom (my ex wife) and his Aunt went to federal prison for drug distribution for there role in giving him prescription drugs that night that lead to his death.
Submitted by: Dina Yurovskiyh
My Tribute: My little brother, you left so soon, I am so sorry that I could not protect you from your demons. I will miss your laugh, your intelligence, your taste in fashion and music. I miss our jokes and witty comments. You were a risk taker, and stronger than most people I know. Your sense of humor and love of people followed you everywhere you went. I wished I hugged you more and yelled at you less. My kindred spirit you beat to a different drum. You deserved much more from this life. A beautiful, gentle, sensitive loving soul..one of the smartest people I know..we will meet again in a much better place. God took you away and you suffer no more. Vovachka we love you so much. Rest in peace, I will find you again.
Naloxone, a drug that medical experts call the "overdose antidote," is one step closer to becoming widely available in the state of California.
Assembly bill 1535, which would authorize pharmacies to carry naloxone (brand name: Narcan), cleared an Assembly floor vote with unanimous, bipartisan support Thursday and now heads on to the Senate. Last October, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law AB 635, which removes civil or criminal liability from anyone who uses it.
Date: May 11, 2014
Author: Ellen Sousares
I spend Mother's Day grieving the devastating impacts of heroin addiction on my son’s life, and working to help.
For the past 6 years Mother’s Day has been a day of dread for me. Instead of being pregnant with gratitude and joy, this particular Sunday in May has been laced with apron strings of fear, shame, grief and regret. I have tried to force amnesia and pretend it’s just another Sunday, but I can’t help wonder if my son will call. If he does, it’s a bittersweet and painful conversation, if he doesn’t call, I worry that he has overdosed and died on a park bench or in a shady motel.
Submitted by: YELENA MONGAYT
My Tribute: MY ONLY CHILD DIED OF HEROIN OVERDOSE ON 27TH OF MARCH, THREE WEEKS SHY OF HIS 27TH BIRTHDAY.HE WAS SMART, CARING, HANDSOME. HE WAS MY SOLE MATE. HE WAS AND STILL IS LOVED BY MOST PEOPLE WHO GOT TO KNOW HIM. HE LOVED ANIMALS, HISTORY, LITERATURE. I MISS HIM EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY.