Michael is the latest victim of the opiate epidemic. However, he seemed to have chased away his daemons and embraced God, living over 2 years in sobriety.
Michael had spent time incarcerated due to a probation violation. He was released on December 13, 2017. Just 8 days before his passing, of an alleged overdose.
As tragic and trying as this time is, we are attempting to share our story in hopes that another family will not have to endure what we have.
A simple shot could have saved Michael's life. Although Naloxone can be expensive, it is very effective in preventing relapse and subsequently, preventing overdose. A person is far more likely to overdose after completing a rehab program or being released from incarceration. Because of this increased risk, overdose prevention training and Narcan (naloxone) distribution should be mandatory at every treatment facility and correctional facility in the United States.
It scares my husband and I to think that one simple medication could have reversed the effects of the opioid overdose, and possibly saved Michael's life. At the time of his death, Michael did not have health insurance. We would like to be able to give him a nice head stone but are financially unable to at this time.
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