Brittie's death is our life sentence. It is not an event to get over but live with daily. These are wounds that will not heal with time. A permanent picture in our minds and hearts of the last moments of our daughter, sister, niece, grandchild and friend, will never leave us. Some of us are so consumed with grief it is difficult to face normal everyday activities. We suffer with bouts of uncontrollable crying, nightmares, sleepless nights, medical conditions from stress and we go for psychological therapy to help us make it through another day. Happiness in life is gone. We try to find the small joys with her little sister and brother but it is not the same. The presence of her absence is everywhere.
Whether we are prepared or not we have learned much about the workings of the legal system. There are many wonderful and devoted people helping us. However, we see their frustrations as well as our own as time slowly passes. For example, it is extremely difficult, impossible even, to have an individual arrested for supplying a controlled substance prescription if the other person does.
The law requires that the supplier have it on his person. If not, a direct connection can not be made. When someone supplies alcohol to someone under the age of 21, he or she is held accountable. The laws should be the same. Also, there is no law that requires an individual to call 911 in the event of a life threatening emergency that they create. Therefore, my Brittie was never afforded the possibility of life saving help because he knowingly decided to call a friend instead.
My family will never forget the person she was with and others like him that caused our family and others like us enormous suffering. A prison sentence can only close one page in our book and the rest is still unwritten. He and others like him have a depraved indifference for human life and must be held accountable. Our laws need to be amended to help protect us and not those that put us at risk.
This legislation will allow us to delve deeper into investigations and to bring accountability and punishment to those involved. Let's take a stand and make a difference in all our lives. Please read and sign the:
Petition for BRITS (Being Responsible In Tough Situations) Law
For our safety and protection it is desperately needed and may save someone's child, maybe yours. If you can give of yourself to help others, share your commitment you may inspire another to do the same.
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