Monthly Archives: September 2015

CVS expands access to life-saving anti-overdose drug

Title: CVS expands access to life-saving anti-overdose drug


Source: Aol. News

CVS/pharmacy on Wednesday expanded a program that allows people to buy the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone—or Narcan as it's more commonly known—without a prescription at its pharmacies in a total of 14 states to help curb the heroin and prescription drug epidemic that claims tens-of-thousands of lives each year to accidental overdoses.

CVS has been selling Narcan without a prescription in only Rhode Island and Massachusetts, but is now expanding into 12 additional states that have passed legislation allowing pharmacies to sell the life-saving drug, which comes in the form of a nasal spray to be administered on a person in the midst of an overdose.

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Lucas Powell

Submitted by: Mom (Debbie)
Born: 1991
Died: 2015
My Tribute: Two months in treatment, far from home. He had some teeth pulled and was given T3's for pain. Seven days later he died from heroin and fentynal. He was my baby. I'm so broken and lost.

Chrystian R Wiles

Submitted by: Mom and Dad
Born: 1984
Died: 2014
My Tribute: In Tribute to our son chrystian "For Ever In Our Hearts" Missed by his only son, brothers and Mom and Dad. Love you son so very much.. I am lost without you, but I know you are without pain now and and "ANGEL" watching over us..

A tribute to Tom

Submitted by: Elise P
Born: 1980
Died: 2015
My Tribute: Tom was my boyfriend of 8+ years. He was35 years old, just bought his first house, a teacher, hockey coach. From your eyes he was sitting on top of the world. But from my perspective I saw a different story. Tom suffered severe depression and had battled with this all his life. He often self medicated himself in attempt to ease the pain. On August 3rd, he made the decision. To push the envelope once again after having a successful run of many months sober. Tom didn't overdose from heroin, but his fatality was without a doubt a "heron related death". While in his home and under the influence Tm passed out. He was in the kitchen and he bashed his head on the marble counter top. The slowed state of his body due to this drug and the significant head injury caused that to be his moment in this life.
My life is forever changed and I will never be same again. Heaven gained one heck of an angel this time around.
Rest in peace Tom.

patrick tomlinson

Submitted by: mom
Born: 1981
Died: 2015
My Tribute: Its been one month today...and I still cant belirve hes gone. Both my sons are gone now. I lost my first son to suicide 19 years ago. I never thought anything could be so terrible in my life. Then it happened all over again. I dont think I will ever be able to be a normal person again. They both were such wonderful boys. I miss them so much !

ricky lee fleek

Submitted by: sarah fleek
Born: 1958
Died: 2015
My Tribute: My dad was my hero, may 4th this year we lost him to addiction i too am an addict however i was graced with recovery my dad will not get to see his sons get married nor will he get to see his grand children grow up he was such an amazing hard working man and because of herion, coke, and fentanyl i no longer get to hug my daddy or hear his voice ever again

Tyler Addison

Submitted by: Gretchen Addison, mother
Born: 1993
Died: 2014
My Tribute: What my Son Taught me About Heroin: Myth vs. Fact
Myth: Heroin is cheap.
Fact: Heroin is not cheap. It cost my son numerous X-Boxes, Play Stations, TVs, furniture, IMacs, expensive watches, I Phones, even his beloved Charger. It cost him his dignity, his self-esteem, his self-respect. It cost him a decent apartment and all of it's furnishings, his German Shepherd, the love of his life, and their daughter. It cost him his life at age twenty one.

Myth: You can use it once in awhile and be fine.
Fact: There is no such thing as a recreational heroin user. It is not to be confused with pot or having a beer. Once Pandora's box is opened, less than 1% of people are able to get it closed again.

Myth: My friend gets it for me.
Fact: Your heroin dealer is not your friend, he is a heroin dealer. If he were your friend, you would be alive to talk about it. If he were your friend, you wouldn't have gotten started in the first place because friends don't want their friends dead.

Myth: Heroin dealers look like thugs.
Fact: They can also look like a choir boy, be well-spoken, well mannered, very charming and come from a decent home just like you did.

Myth: Heroin is the ultimate high.
Fact: While the rush lasts minutes, withdrawal symptoms are always waiting for you. They include muscle and bone pain, diarrhea and vomiting, abdominal cramps, insomnia, restlessness, runny nose, cold flashes and goosebumps, sweating, involuntary kicking motions, racing pulse, high blood pressure, increased respiratory rate, and severe anxiety.

Myth: I can handle it.
Fact: Tyler Andrew Addison 9/25/1993 - 11/03/2014.

Colin Shankle

Submitted by: Jennifer Johnson
Born: 1986
Died: 2009
My Tribute: Colin, my beautiful son, struggled with heroin addiction for four years before overdosing in our home. He was two weeks out of Rehab. If I had had Narcan available, perhaps he might still be with us.

Bryan Dunn

Submitted by: Melanie Gullett
Born: 1987
Died: 2014
My Tribute: Bryan is missed dearly by all who knew him. The disease of addiction that took his life is not being talked about. I pray that one day there will no longer be useless deaths like that of my son.

My Son Jason

Submitted by: Mom
Born: 1992
Died: 2014
My Tribute: To my dearest, sweetest Jason. On November 19, 2014, you left us too soon at the beautiful age of 22. I wish I could have protected you from harm or somehow given my life for yours. Despite the pain that has burned a hole inside of me, not a day passes without my realizing how lucky I am, and always have been, to be your mom. I miss you terribly and console myself with knowing that one day I will see you on the other side. I love you more than all the grains of sand on all of the beaches in the world and more than all of the stars in every galaxy in every universe. Always your loving mom, Kathryn.