News of Interest: Teen Calls Death of Second Family Member “Surreal”

[June 19, 2018 — Toledo, OH] In a WTVG TV interview [story begins at the 58-second mark], reporter Melissa Voetsch talks to Charles Boiselle after the 16-year-old received a gift from the Boyk Law Bikes for Kids program. Charles’s sister, Brandi, died of a heroin overdose in May, and their father died of an overdose two years ago. “‘For awhile it starts to feel kind of surreal,’ [Charles says,] ‘like, am I in a dream right now, and this person’s going to walk through the door the next day and everything’s going to be fine?'”  He calls the gift of a new bicycle “‘one of those little lights in the darkness.'”

News of Interest” links readers to stories and information related to grief after a death from substance use.

News of Interest: Mother’s Book Called “Beautiful, Raw, Strangely Uplifting”

[June 12, 2018 — The Hollywood Reporter] In ‘Goliath’ PA’s Mother Translates Grief Into New Book, staff writer Chris Gardner covers the recent release of Lukelove. My Boy, My Grief, My Journal: Losing a Child to Opioids, by Sheila Scott, whose 23-year-old son, Luke, died of an overdose in 2016. Luke’s story became well-known a few months after he died when Billy Bob Thornton dedicated his Golden Globe for “Goliath” to Luke, who was a production assistant for the show. The book, which one Amazon reviewer called “beautiful, raw, and strangely uplifting,” also has a companion website.

News of Interest” links readers to stories and information related to grief after a death from substance use.

News of Interest: Grieving Mom Pleas for Any Witness to Call for Help

[July 6, 2018 — Independent Tribune, Concord, NC] In Daughter’s Overdose Death Spurs Mom to Raise Awareness, reporter Erin Weeks shares the story of Amy Sloop-Morris, whose 19-year-old daughter Taylor died of a fentanyl overdose last November. Amy learned that several people may have known that Taylor had become unresponsive, but they failed to call for help — and she pleas for people, even if they are involved with drugs at the scene, to call for help to save someone’s life: “‘I have learned that there are so many other fathers and mothers out there like me with almost identical stories, and every day now I find someone new who has lost their child.'” Learn more about Amy’s advocacy and education efforts at her “Justice for Taylor” Facebook page.

News of Interest” links readers to stories and information related to grief after a death from substance use.

News of Interest: Red Wings Announcer Tells of Son’s Death, Insurance Scam

[April 8, 2018 — ESPN] In How the Voice of Hockeytown Lost His Son to Drugs and Insurance Fraud, investigative reporter John Barr and E:60 feature producer Mike Farrell tell the story of Jamie Daniels, who died of an opioid overdose at the age of 23 in December 2016. Jamie, the son of Red Wings play-by-play announcer Ken Daniels, died in a sober home in Florida, and the ESPN story explores “the existence of a corrupt side to the billion-dollar rehabilitation industry in South Florida, where federal laws can be exploited by people who actually have no interest in keeping recovering addicts clean.”

Here is the trailer for the ESPN E:60 news magazine report:

E:60 “The Florida Shuffle” from ESPNFrontRow on Vimeo.

News of Interest” links readers to stories and information related to grief after a death from substance use.

News of Interest: Agency Helps Kids After Death of Parent or Sibling

[June 26, 2018 — WGCU, Fort Meyers, FL] In Helping Kids After the Loss of a Parent or Sibling to Opioids, Mike Kiniry and Julie Glenn of “Gulf Coast Live” interview the founder and CEO of Valerie’s House, an organization working to help families and children struggling with loss that has seen a spike in the number of kids who need help following the overdose death of a parent or sibling. Also interviewed are people who have been helped by Valerie’s House, including a father of two young children whose wife overdosed a few years ago and a 15 year old who recently lost her sister to an opioid overdose.

News of Interest” links readers to stories and information related to grief after a death from substance use.

SADOD Development Is Ongoing, Blog & Primer on Grief Available

SADOD is at the very beginning of its development, and currently:

The website — soon to include a resources section and an online discussion forum — will be expanded and maintained by people who have been affected by a substance-use death and their allies. If you have feedback — or if you are interested in learning more about the development of SADOD — please contact Franklin Cook.

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