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In memory of Stevie Price

Created by Family Of Stevie Price

Stevie Price

I learned about this new trend of drug abuse very tragically last January. On January 16th 2008, it was my brother's 24th Birthday. I took a ride to work with a new friend. I bought him a cake for his birthday along with a few other gifts instead of coming straight home like normal. He went out with his friends to celebrate. Next day, just the same routine. Woke early, he cooked breakfast for the boys, came home did his laundry, played with his kids, ate dinner and went off to bed at around 7:30pm. It was early in the morning on January 18th. I went to wake my brother, Stevie. It was 6:49 AM and his alarm was going off, but he had not jumped up as normal. I went into his room to check on him. He had died in is sleep. He was pronounced dead at 7:05 AM. Stevie was 24 years old. He had just started a new job as a Mechanic for a very prosperous company. He lived with us to get on his feet and to help us out around the house. You couldn't ask for a better brother. Stevie was a loving young man with the world a head of him. He loved to laugh and make you laugh. He was very shy individual but once his shell was broken, it was hard to keep him quite. It took me weeks to discover what happened to Stevie. I had to wait 8 weeks for the autopsy report to find the cause of death was Acute Methadone Overdose. It was then that I realized that the drug culture had changed, but I hadn't kept up. I was looking for the wrong drugs of abuse. I didn't realize that more kids from more backgrounds were experimenting with drugs, and that the drugs they were using were not necessarily the illegal street drugs.


This Memorial was created to commemorate a loved one's life and to let other families know they can turn to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids for help when struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page to increase awareness of substance use disorders and to provide hope and healing for others.

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1. Julie
Thank you for sharing your story. I'm so sorry for your loss. Thinking about you.
2. Tim O'Brien
I am so sorry for your loss. I am terrified that this story could be my own soon. My Brother is addicted to methadone. I just found out today that he's also been huffing dust off. I am shocked at this turn of events. He's always been the strong nobody can kick my ass guy. Now he can't even come to a family function without being so pilled out that he falls asleep while talking to you. I don't want to lose my brother. But I don't know what to do he won't listen to anything I say. Tim Bigbrother
3. Elaine Davidsmama
After reading your memorial I had to write. I'm in Marianna,FL and my son also died of Methadone Toxicity.I'm so sorry for your family's loss.It was such a crushing blow to us as I'm sure it was to ya'll.I wish you peace and comfort. Please write myers55@embarqmail.com
4. Jennifer Aaron Mason's Mom
I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. I lost my brother in '02, but we didn't get an autopsy because he had been sick. I always wondered what happened to him. He shouldnt have died the way he did from his illness. When my son died, it answered my questions. My brother died from drugs too, by accident. The exact same way my son died. It is a shame, I had no idea either that this was the new thing. Someday we will see them again. Stay strong and help us to educate everyone. God Bless you.
5. Jennifer Smith
Jennifer- I read your brother's memorial and I am so sorry for your loss. My 23 year old son died from methadone as well, and oxycontin. These drugs are killing more people everyday, so hopefully with our stories it will help someone out there who is using drugs. God bless you always sweety. Jennifer [Billy Wilson's mama]
6. Angela Gwynn Mother Of Dallas Nguyen
Jennifer, I am so sorry you have to come here and write a memorial to your brother Stevie. I am so sorry, he is gone. Thank you for sharing him with us. For allowing us to glimpse an essence of him. To share, through all the pain of losing him, why he died. We all feel we missed something, we all torture ourselves with what if's, why's and a million other things. Be kind to yourself Jennifer. And listen for him.... I wish you Peace.