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    A friend of mine likes to say, "You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts."

    When it comes to drugs, there are lots of opinions out there: Some think drugs are safe and fun, some think they're dangerous and frightening, and many think everything in between.

    But facts are facts, and when someone dies from drugs, or someone is murdered by a person who is on drugs, or is raped by someone who has given them drugs, that's just a fact. Drug users who actively promote drug use rail against these facts, and I expect they'll be commenting regularly on The Drug Report. But they can't change the facts.

Oxycontin Snuffs Out A Young Life

Posted by Childress on October 13, 2006

The story in the Sarasota (FL) Herald Tribune seems all too routine:

Kai Hoeckel was dead. He was found one morning last week, cold to the touch, lying on a futon at his father’s home in Grove City.

The toxicology report is not back yet, but there’s a good chance the prescription drug OxyContin killed him.  He was 23. 

Of course it’s not routine — anything but.  It’s the death of a real person who has people who loved him … who still love him … who will forever miss him.

There’s no bringing Kai Hoeckel back.   And there’s no foolproof manual telling us how to comfort his mother or make ourselves feel better or where to go from here.

Maybe his death will spur a flurry of action that will save someone else. That’s about the best we can hope for.

And, [his mom Carroll] Swayze sees a lesson in her personal tragedy.  “You have to see the good in every day,” she says. “Savor every moment. I don’t think people realize what they have.

A friend called from Virginia Beach the other night. ‘What do you want me to do?’ she asked. “I said, ‘Just go hug your son.'” 

Good advice … and talk to your kid, too.  Share this story with them.


One Response to “Oxycontin Snuffs Out A Young Life”

  1. Carroll Swayze said

    Kai is my son. I love him and miss him every moment of every day. The sorrow in our family is so great that living is hard for us but we are doing it every day in Kai’s memory. Something has to be done. Ignoring the problem will be the end of us. Knowledge is power. Too many young people are dying and no one cares because it has to do with drugs and that happens to other people, not good normal people. Well guess again, we are good people and we lost one of the most important incredible talented funny son, brother, uncle,grandson and artist. Drug deaths are rising and are killing our children. If we don’t stand together against this menace what kind of human beings are we. These totally addictive prescription drugs that are being delt out by the big drug companies and the doctors have to be taken off the market. Someone help us. Please. No one should have to go through the pain that our family is having to endure…
    -Carroll Swayze

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