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In memory of Justin Chasteen

Created by Family Of Justin Chasteen

Justin Chasteen

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 :)


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. Sandra
Brittney, you are very brave to tell your brother's story and yours. I'm so sorry this happened to you, to him and your family. My son is struggling with the same issues and I live in fear each day of the news that you and your family endured. Your telling the story, sad and difficult as it is helps others, like me, to know we're not alone. I try constantly to find ways to help my boy to get by and find better ways to cope. Hopefully one day we will know the ways to do that better than we now do. My heart goes out to you and your family on this day. Thank you for telling your story and for remembering your brother. Much love. Sandra
2. Julie
I'm so sorry for your loss.