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It’s Not Just Pot Anymore

It’s Not Just Pot Anymore

Andy Bauer RIP This speech was originally given at a Voices of Victims event.Hi. My name is Kira Russo. I’m here in honor of my younger son, Andy Bauer, who in September 2018 ended his own life. Andy was an amazing young man. Like many others describe their loved...
We Lost Ben at Age 21

We Lost Ben at Age 21

Our son, Ben, died from a growing wave of modern substance abuse issues which directly impacted his mental health on May 19, 2020. Growing up Ben was full of energy, had a great sense of humor, loved basketball, gaming on his computer, cars and technology. His sister,...
Goodbye Jolo, my ONLY Son

Goodbye Jolo, my ONLY Son

During a schizophrenic episode, my son ran into the roadway and was hit by a car. He had been saying he would kill himself since 4PM that day. He was hearing voices, the auditory hallucinations that are common in schizophrenia. The cause of death was ruled a suicide....
My son is in there, somewhere

My son is in there, somewhere

My son was harmed by marijuana and he suffered psychosis and has not held down a job since. It started around age 14 and he is now 24. He has been diagnosed with depression, anxiety & bipolar and bipolar schizo-affective disorder (depending on the psychiatrist)....
People Have No Idea How Dangerous Weed Can Be

People Have No Idea How Dangerous Weed Can Be

My heart goes out to those that have lost a child. It is absolutely a parent’s worst nightmare.  My 24-year-old son had his first psychotic break 2 years ago. He was diagnosed with bipolar 1. The weed was not considered that big of a deal. His first doctor...