Lynn Reeves IMOA
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Posted in #IMOA
February 25, 2018

My son remembered. #IMOA 12,169

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Today, one year ago, my son Adam died from a heroin overdose. I share this so that the conversation about this poison and the thousands of lives it claims every year never stops.

We’ve all heard the statistics – More than 64,000 people died in 2016 from overdoses. Heroin epidemic, opioid crisis…..it’s almost a daily report on the news. What does it really mean…..

It means that every single day, more than 175 mothers/fathers, brothers/sisters find out that their son, brother, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, friend, has died from an overdose.

I’m a mother who had to make the decision to remove life support after my son, Adam, overdosed from heroin.

He went into cardiac arrest more than 4 times, was without oxygen more than 12 minutes, suffered 96% loss of brain activity….my hand was on his chest as he took his last breath….this is the reality of heroin death. It’s not dramatic, like the television show Intervention – no one sweeps in with Narcan and saves your child……it’s violent-it’s ugly-it’s horrific-they seize, and thrash, their heart arrests, their clothes have to be cut off of them, they have to be intubated, catharized, put on a machine to breathe for them-and ultimately they die.

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Don’t stop talking about heroin deaths until we find a way to take this poison off our streets.

In Memory Of Adam
He lived 12,169 days

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1 comment

  • Kathy Massa “other Mom”

    Our Son Adam could talk you out of your shoes in the Rain! I would never hesitate to tangle with him and joke around and more than anything ADAM GAVE SINCERE TRUE HUGS that no one has ever been able to match! He kept us on our toes and made us laugh and we MISS HIM EVERYDAY but we know he will always be with us because we KNOW ADAM!

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