Deaths by overdose this year alone!!!
festus dad

Pevely, MO

#21 Mar 6, 2011
this has been the worst week of my life, my son overdosed on monday morning,i got the call every parent never wants to get, i had to bury him friday, iam sooooo sick of these dealers,i want to put them all behind bars, i would love to get involved with people and get this taken care of before another person loses their son or daughter like i just did, if the police need help iam willing to give them all the help they need, because of these dealers my son is no longer hear, please reply, if we want to for a group to fight this!!!!!!!!!!I AM NOT DONE WITH THE PERSON WHO SOLD MY SON THE HEROIN
festus dad

Pevely, MO

#22 Mar 6, 2011
Concerned Parent wrote:
The schools don't want to do random locker checks or bring in drug dogs..because it makes the community "look bad"... and people won't want to move there...they would rather sacrifice your child..and trust me it COULD be your child..heroin is infesting our schools and our children..are your big spoons missing from your kitchen..if so you better test your kid..and get the $30 kit..check for opiates..thats what herion is..ask your local paramedic or firefighter how many calls they make for heroin overdoses..you will be amazed. I think its time to do something..this affects everyone..not just bad kids.
my son just overdosed and died monday from heroin, please contact me and we can talk, im done with these dealers!!!!!!!!!!
IdaClare

Addison, IL

#23 Mar 7, 2011
festus dad, my daughter died for 3 1/2 minutes on friday night up in north st. louis, where her dealer took her to score. she was revived, but we have to get her checked further. please email me at [email protected] to discuss this. please put "dealers" in the subject line, so you don't accidentally get deleted. there is some info i would like to share with you.
IdaClare

Addison, IL

#24 Mar 7, 2011
i have a feeling it may have been the same dealer.
i feel sorry

Gilbertsville, KY

#25 Mar 7, 2011
you you parents.I was a police officer on and off for over 30 years.The court system is the problem.I aressted a dealer,suplyer and they where out on the steets to do it again before i was done with the booking paperwork,and move out of the area.We had so many outstanding warrents on them.And when they where picked up in another state,they posted bond on my warrents,and never showed up in our court...so thats how a dealer winds up with all the warrents,and never shows up in court for it.Sorry for your loss,ex-cop
IdaClare

Addison, IL

#26 Mar 7, 2011
You are so right, I feel sorry. The police go through hell to arrest these dealers, and then the Judges slap them on the hand and turns them loose. People have argued that you can't blame the dealers, but I hold them in contempt. If they weren't out there persuading young kids to just "try it once", and if it wasn't so readily available, we wouldn't have the major problem we do now. All kids aren't as strong willed as others, some are more easily swayed by peer pressure. Thank God if you have a child that is always able to "just say no", but don't judge those of us who are living this nightmare. There's no such thing as trying it once, it is so addictive, it grabs hold of a person and doesn't let go. I know, I have witnessed it for too long now on a daughter that was a sweet, intelligent girl with a bright future ahead of her. There are people dealing heroin to 7th and 8th graders, just to make that blood money. I just hope when I go completely over-the-edge and break the law retaliating on one of them, the Judge finds it in his/her heart to slap my hand and turn me loose, too. But you know what? I am damned near to the point where I don't care, anyways. Anyone out there who doesn't know what it is like to go 4-5 nights with absolutely no sleep, not be able to eat, and feel totally sick and afraid all of the time, count your blessings. Alot of this heroin is coming from Afghanistan and Mexico. Does anyone realize we are losing more people from the heroin than we are on the front lines of the actual war overseas? Well, we are, and I consider dealers domestic terrorists. The Westboro Baptist Church is allowed the right to protest military funerals, spouting their hate and prejudice freely. We have rights, too, and we need to unite and fight back in this war on drugs in our county.
Having Said That

United States

#27 Mar 8, 2011
That big oak tree at the old Mcdonalds in Crystal City would be a good spot for public hangings. We must have a shock effect for these sub human scum dealers.
midwestern4life

Pevely, MO

#28 Mar 8, 2011
I find myself at a loss. I have a 16 yr old son who I am afraid is going down this path. Everything about his character has changed. He has a new "group" of friends. One of his friends died a couple of weeks ago from a heroin overdose. The story I got was the kid was hanging out with his friends, he got a call & got both nervous & excited. 2 guys came from St Louis to pick him up. I guess he overdosed & they dropped him off on side of the road. And this kid came from a good, decent family.
I heard on the scanner last week a guy called 911 because he had overdosed. He was alone on side of road & I believe he did not make it.
My son has a large group of people who care for him. He has teachers & principals who have continued to have a friendship with him.
We have been open & honest with his Dr, who referred us to counseling. But therapy only twice a month is not helping.
I don't really know why I am telling all this. I guess because I am at a loss. I do not want to lose my son. I am tired of waking up in the morning, going to his room & finding out he has snuck out the window. But more than anything, I am afraid one day I will walk into his room & find him dead.
It has drained my family. I pray for strength to get through this.
IdaClare

Addison, IL

#29 Mar 8, 2011
midwestern4life, I wish I could comfort you. I have been going through this now for a little over 2 years, we have had her in rehab, the mental ward at Jefferson Regional, counseling. All through school, kindergarten through graduating her senior year, she was loved by her teachers, active in our church, and was just a normal girl. Now, I barely recognize her, she is constantly talking about how she wants to die, and I believe she is trying to act out on it with the heroin. One thing that would help tremendously is for this problem to be realized, the extent it exists in our county, and then measures be taken to help. For example, we need a support group for parents of children on heroin or other hard drugs to get together and try to figure out new approaches to remedying this. We need rehabs that will take a person in for long-term, because you cannot get clean in 30 days time. And if you don't have great insurance, and aren't wealthy, you can't even get into a rehab. I pray your son will look at the numbers of young people who have died just this year alone, and it will instill fear into him. My daughter seems like an empty shell, she has no fear, she has no purpose. She lies, she sneaks out, she just keeps going right back to it. She died for 3 1/2 minutes this past Friday night, the emt's revived her with paddles to her heart. It is a continous nightmare, and my heart bleeds for you and your family. If all of us could organize and meet regularly, we could swap ideas about how to deal with it more effectively, maybe how to put the dealers out of business for good, anything that might make a difference and save our children. I don't know...my heart is so broken.

Since: Mar 11

Pevely, MO

#30 Mar 8, 2011
midwestern4life wrote:
I find myself at a loss. I have a 16 yr old son who I am afraid is going down this path. Everything about his character has changed. He has a new "group" of friends. One of his friends died a couple of weeks ago from a heroin overdose. The story I got was the kid was hanging out with his friends, he got a call & got both nervous & excited. 2 guys came from St Louis to pick him up. I guess he overdosed & they dropped him off on side of the road. And this kid came from a good, decent family.
I heard on the scanner last week a guy called 911 because he had overdosed. He was alone on side of road & I believe he did not make it.
My son has a large group of people who care for him. He has teachers & principals who have continued to have a friendship with him.
We have been open & honest with his Dr, who referred us to counseling. But therapy only twice a month is not helping.
I don't really know why I am telling all this. I guess because I am at a loss. I do not want to lose my son. I am tired of waking up in the morning, going to his room & finding out he has snuck out the window. But more than anything, I am afraid one day I will walk into his room & find him dead.
It has drained my family. I pray for strength to get through this.
my son is the one you said called 911, no he did not make it and it was not him that called 911 it was the dumbass he was with faked the call, he better not ever cross my path!!!!!!!!!

Since: Mar 11

Pevely, MO

#31 Mar 8, 2011
midwestern4life wrote:
I find myself at a loss. I have a 16 yr old son who I am afraid is going down this path. Everything about his character has changed. He has a new "group" of friends. One of his friends died a couple of weeks ago from a heroin overdose. The story I got was the kid was hanging out with his friends, he got a call & got both nervous & excited. 2 guys came from St Louis to pick him up. I guess he overdosed & they dropped him off on side of the road. And this kid came from a good, decent family.
I heard on the scanner last week a guy called 911 because he had overdosed. He was alone on side of road & I believe he did not make it.
My son has a large group of people who care for him. He has teachers & principals who have continued to have a friendship with him.
We have been open & honest with his Dr, who referred us to counseling. But therapy only twice a month is not helping.
I don't really know why I am telling all this. I guess because I am at a loss. I do not want to lose my son. I am tired of waking up in the morning, going to his room & finding out he has snuck out the window. But more than anything, I am afraid one day I will walk into his room & find him dead.
It has drained my family. I pray for strength to get through this.
you dont want to bury your son like i just did, did everything i could for but but it did not help,if you would like to talk let me know,the dealers need to pay dearly
IdaClare

Addison, IL

#32 Mar 9, 2011
Okay, let me go ahead and spell it out, right here online. I am taking action, and if anyone wants to join with me, I would appreciate and love it. I could give a shit less if the dealers catch wind of my post, I am not afraid of them, and I am not going to sit by, idly, and know that each and every day they are out trying to recruit new "customers". To them, people's kids are merely a source of income, and their jobs selling heroin are much more stable than any of our jobs--because THEY KNOW, once our kids try it, they are addicted (hopelessly, I might add). Anyone who plans to post that it was bad parenting that led my daughter to where she is today, if you get off on insulting people who are already down, so be it. My daughter was in church and Sunday school, was an honor student, and bad parenting did not tempt her to "try it" for the first time, "if you don't like it, just don't do it, again". I know the identities of many dealers in our county, as do the cops. But the courts let them loose on bond, and then put off their hearings for a year, and during that year--they are making more and more people die, and profiting from it. I'm so fed up that I just don't care anymore, I know there are people out there who would help...how about some of you old bikers from the 70's, you are children's advocates nowdays!(I know alot are, because I know alot of you) It's for a good cause, the law enforcement officials are on our side, and if everybody just keeps sitting around talking about it and not doing anything--we are going to lose more and more of our children. Is that really a chance you want to take? I don't. I'm not crazy, I am pissed off, fed up, and feeling it is my civic duty to take action. Am I afraid of ending up dead, myself? No. If you really KNEW what has happened with my only child, you would understand and maybe even have a little human compassion. She spends most of her time wanting to die, and that is very COMMON FOR KIDS WHO GET ADDICTED TO HEROIN, WANT TO QUIT, AND JUST PHYSICALLY AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY CAN'T. These kids don't want to hurt their families they love so deeply, this stuff has a hold on them a normal straight person couldn't even IMAGINE. It's a trap, and today, and tomorrow--there will be new kids trying it. Please help. I can provide a meeting place, we can choose someone to lead the group, and together we can make a difference.
Mom of 5

Pevely, MO

#33 Mar 30, 2011
I have been reading this forum and many others like it for quite some time! It is so disturbing and IdaClare I agree with you in your above post.I don't know what the solution is but beleive that if no one does nothing, then that is the result we get....nothing! I lost my beautiful neice 2 yrs. ago today due to Heroin. I have such a hard time even typing the word or saying it, because it is such a senseless death. Do you all realize we do not even have a short term or long term rehab anymore in this county? The only 3 are located in St. Charles and 2 in St. Louis. If our local government can't find funds to support a rehab, task force, or jail maybe we can begin writting our elected officials on higher levels or do some research ourselves. This problem is not going to go away by its' self!
IdaClare

Addison, IL

#34 Mar 31, 2011
We do not have any rehabs in our area, since they closed down the Athena Comtrea. We need rehabs that can allow addicted people months of in-patient treatment. What we do have, though, is drug court. My daughter is in level one of it, now, and let me tell you it is as strict (if not moreso) than the military. 10:00 p.m. curfew, can't go into a bar or drink any alcohol, cannot buy lotto tickets, has to drug test everytime they call her "color" (she telephones in everyday), sees a probation officer and has to attend NA meetings. I have had people say it is "ridiculous", but I don't agree, I think they know what they are doing. She has been kept so busy with all of this, on top of working full time, and she has a new "fear" of prison instilled in her that didn't exist before. They drop in to make sure she is at home, and it just is a steady thing. As far as the dealers goes, I don't care who criticizes me, I believe they need to be taken out into the woods, and put a new "fear" into them, also. I never believe violence as being the answer, but these aren't just 'dealers', they are murderers. I would actually LIKE to see a vigilante, problem is, you have to be 100% sure they are truly dealing these drugs that are killing people's loved ones. It might not be a comfort to those who have already lost someone, but I also believe that God understands the person was not "themselves", due to the addiction and power of the drugs that killed them. And I think He takes them "home" with Him, where they are at peace and have no more pain or worries. I wouldn't say so if I didn't sincerely believe that, and then someday we will all reunite, and never have to part, again. By no means is my kid out of the woods yet, and who knows when or if she will ever be free of this demon drug. All's I do anymore is cry, pray, worry...from the time I wake up until I go to sleep.(which has become much more difficult, sleeping, that is).
IdaClare

Addison, IL

#35 Apr 1, 2011
never mind, this is how it is. you get your hopes up, start feeling good, and boom...my kid is in jail until sunday night. she told the judge she did opiates today in court, they stressed how important being honest about it was. we had no idea when or how, she hasn't been out of our sight except to go to work. i'm so damned ripped, and broken, and i am so ready to see some of the dealers names in the obituaries--instead of the users they helped kill. i just don't know where to turn or what to do anymore. sorry.
midwestern4life

Pevely, MO

#36 Apr 1, 2011
IdaClare wrote:
never mind, this is how it is. you get your hopes up, start feeling good, and boom...my kid is in jail until sunday night. she told the judge she did opiates today in court, they stressed how important being honest about it was. we had no idea when or how, she hasn't been out of our sight except to go to work. i'm so damned ripped, and broken, and i am so ready to see some of the dealers names in the obituaries--instead of the users they helped kill. i just don't know where to turn or what to do anymore. sorry.
I feel for you "IdaClare". I can only imagine what you are going through. I hope it gets better for you & her. Don't give up. Keep fighting the fight. If she isn't able to fight right now then do it for her. I think you already are. You are a good mom & when she gets better she will be thankful.
ChattyKathy

Fenton, MO

#37 Feb 19, 2012
I've never had a child addicted to drugs. I have seen the damage it does to family members, friends, people I went to school with and society in general.
I read these post and see truth in each of them. I also read wasted words throwing blame around as if that were the solution. I'm sure those affected carry enough guilt and blame without others trying to hand them another bucket full.
I'm also sure there are as many reasons for addiction as there are wasted grocery dollars and house payments in the slot machines.
My theory, for what it's worth is; If there were no addicts, the dealers would be out of business. If there were no dealers, those with the traits that allow them to become addicts would simply raid their household medicine cabinet of prescription drugs, huff from paint cans or raid the liquor cabinets.
I truly believe the solution is in teaching child from birth up that they have value and are valued. Teaching them that life is not about the tennis shoes on their feet, the jeans on their rears or the latest electronic. That life is about looking in the mirror and seeing a person looking back that THEY can be proud of...that they like!
Life is valuable and worth living...it isn't what we get from life that makes us feel as if we have a purpose, a role in the greater scheme of things. It is, the self worth we gain, when we realize that it's what we are able to give to others that creates self-worth.
Until we are willing to stand for something, we fall for everything.
momofaddict

Hillsboro, MO

#38 Oct 12, 2012
My son has died twice from heroin overdose. By the grace of God, his breathing was restored as we did mouth to mouth and chest compressions waiting for the ambulance. As a mother, brother, and sister, there is noting worse than seeing your son not breathing with blue lips and a grey face. You would think that would be a rock bottom for most people but the addiction is so strong and calls your name over and over, My son will steal, lie, and cheat to get his fix. He has been to rehab and prison and has tried to stay clean, He is miserable with this addiction and would rather die than continue to live this way. I have called and told police several times who is dealer is, but his dealer remains free. As a community, we need to remove the dealers not the addicts. Addiction is a disease that is resistant to treatment and prone to relapse. The addict needs help and the seller needs prison. Putting the addict in prison is costing taxpayers money and is not the answer,
Im recovering

Butler, PA

#39 Mar 29, 2013
I am a recovering addict . I first off want to say shame on you if you thinks its my parents fault that I started doing heroin. I grew up in a loving home and I was taught right from wrong. And I did love myself and was a very strong willed person before heroin was introduced into my life. But when new things are put in front of your face at any age even you are curious and most of the time you try it. And that doesn't just mean drugs it means food, coffee, new fast cars. Absolutely everything. I'm gonna give you a quick senario of what I mean , so u go out to buy a new car and u happen to buy a fast car like a corvette. Well most people would take that car and see how fast it can go . Therefore knowing its dangerous and against the law they did it anyway cause they thought nothing bad can happen to them. Everyone has tried something for the first time knowing it was wrong. So yea I was hanging with my best friend and my new boyfriend . He sold heroin and he actually didn't want me to do it but I figured once won't hurt . Well that one time has turned into a 7 year long battle. I've put my parents thru hell I've stolen every piece of jewelry and every dollar in my mothers savings , overdosed twice and was dead for 4 1/2 minutes and my poor mother found me both times. I've been to rehab 4 times 3 of the times I was forced to go by either parents or the courts. But the 4th rehab was the most recent and i decided to go on my own. Now I'm telling you all this is because as much as you want to save your child u can't unless they truly want to be saved. And I kno it's hard to give up that parental instinct for control over your child but I'm telling you can't control them if they are in addiction. You can tell them you love them and suggest ways they can chAnge but don't try and force it cuz they will not take it seriously . And as for parents trying to arrest your child's dealer it may help other kids from trying it but if your kids in addiction still and doesn't want to stop they will find it no matter where or who has it. When they are ready to get help be there for them. Cause admitting ur an addict and giving up heroin is the hardest thing they will ever do so they will need all the support and love they can get. I am clean and recovering but there is a lot I've been thru to get here . So if anyone has any questions or needs advice or just needs to talk please feel free to email me at [email protected]
dude dont taser me

Steelville, MO

#40 Apr 11, 2013
do it wrote:
I think its time the parents and the people who care take back the streets and declare in one voice that we won't stand for this anymore. the police are overwhelmed . Its time that the people shut down the dealers themselves. Fight back . We can do this and all with in the real of legal justice. No more being afraid of stepping on peoples toes. that ended when these dirt bags starting killing our kids with the drugs and all this crap. NOW is the time to stop it. We need to rise up and say NO MORE!
the horrible people get rich off the blood of our friends, our families our babies. NO, it has to stop now.
i also live this nightmare. my 19 yr old daughter is an addict for 2yrs now.while i agree with what you say, the problem becomes when you get rid of a dealer another pops up.i have done this and watch the results ,your kids get another # to call.most of the heroine in this area is coming from chicago. we need to demand that the federal govt. crack down on the heroine coming in and our local govt to declare all out war on stuff coming in the area. Its a must all resources cause heroine is the most addictive and devastating drug out there. Make no mistake it is a killer. my daughter has overdosed 3 times resulting in going to hospital. She has contracted hepititus c, and endocarditis. None of this keeps her from getting hi. As a parent you dont understand. Because i spend alot of time chasing my daughter down i see first hand what is going on. The first and foremost thing for me is to save my daughter. she actually hates the addiction her life has done a complete turn around and she wants her old life back. some nights she cries about it but in the end she still addicted.ive had her in rehab shes received suboxne and vivotrol shots.none of this has worked so far.

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