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It’s Not Just Pot Anymore

It’s Not Just Pot Anymore

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 ones, he was very...
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...
It is Devastating to See Your Talented Son Go Down the Tubes

It is Devastating to See Your Talented Son Go Down the Tubes

by Sharon Southard My name is Sharon,  I have been a preschool teacher for 18 years, married for 30, and am a mother of 3 children.  Tyler was the middle child, my first born son, and 24, when he died by suicide on July 28, 2018.  First, I have to tell you that I...