My name is Amanda and my mom died of an OxyContin overdose on August, 2003. She had been addicted to prescription drugs for seven to eight years and about a year before she died she also started using meth and coke. My mom was like no other -- she gave me and my brother everything and we couldn't ask for anyone better. When she died, I was only 13 and I was totally clueless on how to handle it. I didn't know if I was mad, sad, hurt or all three. The day I saw my brother walk into the hospital in shackles (at the time he was in prison) and fall over onto our mother pleading with her to not die, was the day I knew I would never do what she did – use drugs. The poison of the drugs had shut down her whole body. Because of my moms death I struggle with the pain each day. Over the past three years it's been so hard to handle the loss of the most perfect person in my life. I'm nothing without her and I shouldn't blame her for a disease a stupid pill gave her. OxyContin has completely ruined my life in every way. I will never be able to kiss, laugh, hug or tell my mom I love her again and I'll never be able to go back and share my first day of high school or my Sweet 16 with her. On my wedding day she'll be nowhere in sight to help me with my dress or share the day I bring her grandchildren into this world. However, what hurts the most is knowing my mom won't be there next year when I'm finally able to give my mom what she's always wanted -- her baby girl to graduate. OxyContin has taken this from me and her. It's just not worth it.
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