My mother and father have a total of 7 children, Justin being one of the 4 boys. He was an amazing brother, best friend and an all-around friendly guy! November 4, 2010 was the day I felt my life just fall apart. As for anyone, losing a cherished loved one is never an easy thing -- no one can really prepare for the feelings of pain and loss. When the phone call came in letting my family know that Justin had passed, my body automatically went into shock and disbelief. How could this have happen to our family? How will we ever get through this? Can I just say, you never get over the sudden loss of a loved one. They say that time heals the wound, but with each passing day, I may learn to adjust and live without my brother, but it doesn't make the pain any less. Justin, for years was very big on taking all sorts of pills like Loratabs, Xanax, Ecstasy -- pills that can take a major toll on your heart and respiratory system. He also frequently drank alcohol along side to get some sort of a high. In his case, as well as many other kids and adults, drug use is influenced at a young age by peer pressure, by seeing someone around you doing it, stress (often is an excuse) or to just try it for the first time and then become hooked and eventually become an addict. Justin had access to an unlimited supply of Xanax pills and the night prior to his death had taken a large amount of pills and drank alcohol along side of them. These pills have a long lasting affect on the body if you fight the suppression it gives your body an increased high, so into the morning and afternoon on the day of his death, he had been fighting this response along with the intake of alcohol. Eventually the body becomes weak and to the max point of exhaustion and when you do fall asleep, you will be out for a very long time. In his case, Justin had fallen asleep, and aspirated, with the decreased muscle tone of his respiratory system he was unable to awake and cough up what had gone into his lungs. Justin suffocated and had a hemorrhage in his brain that killed him. Sharing his story has been a healing process. I hope to eventually publicly speak on the importance of drug and alcohol abuse and stress the awareness around the world, not only to people online but to people all over the world! I am his sister, Brittney Session and this is Justin's Story :)
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