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October 26, 2014
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The face of addiction in Sullivan County

Isabel Braverman

I’ll end with the words of the father of my friend who passed away from overdose. This is what he wrote on Facebook: “Please hear this, and try to understand. I know Zachary liked to party and have a good time, but please don’t make who he was about drugs and alcohol. He was so much more than that. I know that many of you are struggling with addiction and I implore you to get help, before it’s too late. Zach was recovering and fought like a warrior. Unfortunately, he lost the battle. Pay attention, it only takes one time and you can’t come back. What a shame, do you understand? I will never see my baby boy again. Don’t let this happen to you or your friends. Don’t devastate your families and friends. Remember my Zach for the beautiful human being he really was. A most unbelievable, caring, charismatic, charming, heartwarming, funny and loving child. Please, don’t let my son die in vain. He would want you all to be healthy, happy and alive.”

[For an article on where to get help for addiction in Sullivan and neighboring counties, see here.]