My son died March 5th 2008 of a heroin overdose. I still can't believe he's gone. Each morning when I wake I pray it was just a nightmare, soon to realize that my beloved son really is gone. Jason was well loved by many. His smile was infectious. He lit up a room when he walked in. He loved life and always had a positive attitude. If you needed someone to talk to, Jason was always there to listen with compassion and love. Jason started using drugs at a very early age; I would say 11 or 12 years old. It started with cigarettes, then alcohol, then pot, then powders, and finally designer drugs. It was prescription pain killers that eventually led him to heroin and ultimately to his death. I am not sure when he started using the pain pills, my best guess is 2004. About the time he moved out into his own place. He wasn't able to hide his addiction any longer. I had confronted him on many occasions. After a confrontation with his girlfriend, he decided to get clean. He had painfully detoxed himself at home in the summer of 2006. It was after that when he confessed to me he had been on up to 3 -80 oxycotons a day, a very serious addiction. He stayed clean for about 1 year. When he started using again he turned to heroin. The drug dealers are good at pushing this stuff on pill heads. It's cheaper to the user and the profit is greater for the pusher. I found out on February 5th of 2008, when Jason got busted, that he was using heroin. March 5th of 2008 he died. I miss more him than words can tell. He left a brother, a sister, and a 1 year old nephew [who adored him] devastated and lost. All we have left are many wonderful memories of my son. He was such a good boy. I pray that he did not die in vain and that his death can open someone's eyes. Terri Basting
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