On June 13th, 2018, my little brother Joe unexpectedly passed away in Miami Beach, Florida. He was only 28 years old. Devastated by the sudden loss we're hoping to lessen the burden on my mom by setting up this page to raise money for funeral expenses. No mother should have to bury her child.
Although forever broken, we thank you with all of our hearts! Any donation is greatly appreciated!
My brother was a kind and caring soul. He loved my son Logan. He would always tell me that he lived for him. He was gracious and the type of person to take the shirt right off his back and give it to you. He was goofy. He had a distinct and contagious laugh. The love that people had for my brother was endless.
I loved him since the day he was born, he made me a big sister!
I also wanted to take this opportunity to educate people and tell the story of my brothers struggle with addiction to prescription drugs. It is something Joe had been battling with his whole life. In my heart I knew this was how his life was going to end, I just never knew when. On that day, June 13th he died of an accidental drug overdose. The darkness finally won. His body, filled with what I call a "cocktail for death", ceased to function. His drug of choice was oxycontin, street name oxy's, which he had mixed with a hand full of other substances. Until that day, it seemed like my brother had nine lives. The situations he would get himself into always scared me. I constantly worried that he might end up killing himself, or worse hurt or kill someone else.
Oxycodone, brand name Oxycontin is a narcotic that helps to treat moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone, like other opioids, tends to induce feelings of euphoria, relaxation and reduce anxiety in those who are occasional users. These effects make it one of the most commonly abused pharmaceutical drugs in the United States. There is a high risk for addiction and dependence. These pills can also be crushed up, snorted, smoked and or injected. Joe smoked them. Using the pill in this way created a high equivalent to shooting up heroin.
The first clinical use of the drug dates back to 1917, and it was first introduced to the US market in 1939. In the early 1970's, the United States government classified oxycodone as a schedule II drug meaning that it has a high potential for abuse. In 2011, Purdue Pharma modified it to make the pill more difficult to crush for snorting or injection. Over 64,000 people die of drug overdose a year.
There is an epidemic going on all over our nation due to narcotic abuse in young adults. Pills are being easily distributed on the streets. You can literally get anything, anytime, anywhere.
My brother suffered from anxiety and depression as most of us do. Too many of us don't speak about our feelings and use drugs to check out or numb the internal unexplainable pain. We question our purpose, and the pressures of our society and it's unrealistic expectations become overwhelming.
Like so many addicts, Joe had many encounters with the law that ended him up in jail. He was in and out of rehabs trying to get sober but he always left not taking the chance to be clean seriously. He thought that after a month of being clean he could do it on his own. I always told him that being clean would be a new and hard life because he had to not only retrain his thinking but his body and soul. This would be an every day challenge as going back to drugs was the easy way out. If he wasn't strong within, it didn't matter where he went. Drugs would find him or he would find them because the high was more powerful then the desire to live.
To all the friends and family who loved Joe, I thank you for loving him unconditionally. To my mom and dad who always provided us with greatness, you no longer have to worry, Joe is finally at peace. To those who may suffer from depression and think that numbing your pain is the answer, seek help.
If you or anyone you know suffers from drug addiction, there are so many resources available to you. Share the links below, talk about how you feel even if it doesn't make sense. There are so many people feeling the same way you do, you are not alone in this battle. https://www.samhsa.govhttp://whyquit.com
May you rest in paradise my little brother. May your soul finally find peace from this chaotic world called life! Joseph Basil Scorza August 28th, 1989- June 13th, 2018