In memory of my baby sister

I lost my baby sister Anna ,December 30, 2018, to an accidental overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl . My family had just found out she was using March of 2018, come to find out she had been on pain pills since 2013 when she was in a wreck . Her boyfriend of 5 years was nice enough to keep her supplied with pills and they both started heroin when the pills got to expensive. She was 18 years younger than me so growing up I was like a second mother. She was such a sweet person , always willing to help wherever needed, loved her nieces and nephews.
She stayed clean a couple months, and was in an outpatient program, we never could convince her to do inpatient. My mom found her twice , almost non responsive, and even then she thought she could handle her addiction. In November of 2018 she started hanging out more with the guy that was her supplier. At the time we didnt realize that was who she was with, she stopped coming around her family as much and the times I saw her I could tell her using had gotten worse, but she kept denying she was using. The week before she died she had stopped going to rehab and failed a drug test (we found all this out after she died). She was found in an apartment where she had been staying 14hrs after she died. My parents had been looking for her and eventually someone called in a welfare check at the apartment so the police broke in. Turns out her guy friend was there when she died ,didnt bother to call ,stayed at the apartment all day with her on the couch dead, eventually left with her car, wrecked it and decided to turn himself in couple days later.
The pain of losing her to addiction never goes away and I miss her so much. I’m hoping to get involved in local programs to educate people on the disease of addiction and to stop the stigma.

Did you recently lose someone to SUD?

Please accept our condolences and use this community space as a way to memorialize their story.

Scroll to Top
Receive the latest news

Subscribe To Our Newsletter


Share Their Story

Share their story to commemorate their life and acknowledge their journey.

Our deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved. At ODL, we stand in solidarity with you during this difficult time and would be honored to pay tribute to their memory.

We kindly request your collaboration in our mission to combat stigma and prevent its perpetuation. This involves refraining from using terms that separate lives lost, such as “poisoning“, “murdered“, “abuse“, “addict“, or “junkie“. If these words are included in your submission, we may reach out to you with editing suggestions.  We would not change the intent or meaning of our edit, and we will notify you first for approval.

Please share your personal story, remembrance, or LIFELINE message of hope and support.
You can create a custom summary with up to 55 words for your Remembrance to be displayed in the main Remembrance page. Otherwise, the site will display the first 55 words of your text.
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
We recommend pictures in landscape orientation with at least 720px wide.
Tell us how you would like us to attribute the message. Example: Use your first and last name, your first name only, anonymous.