Loosing a child is a parent's worst nightmare. A nightmare Becky Short had to live through after her son lost his battle with heroin addiction.
"Chris was a really good kid," Short says of her son.
A really good kid who died too soon. Involved in sports when he was younger, Chris always had a lot of friends so Short was surprised when her little boy started doing drugs his junior year in high school.
"He had depression and that was just his way of dealing with that," Short says. "He tried to handle it on his own."
It didn't work. Despite Short's attempts to help Chris his addiction continued to get worse, even after he graduated high school. For the most part Chris was able to live a normal life, getting married and having two kids. But his mom says he lived a double life, drinking and using marijuana daily. Behaviors that worried Short.
"It wasn't too long before he had actually died that I had told him I was worried about him," Short remembers. "He looked right at me and he said 'Well, I'm not going to die.' So that was probably about a month before he actually passed away."
Eventually his marijuana use escalated to heroin use. On January 10th, 2012 at the age of 26 Chris' wife found him dead in the couple's living room. The cause of death was ruled a heroin overdose.
"It's just heart wrenching because you're just in disbelief cause you don't think...you worry in the back of your head that that's going to happen, but you don't really think that it's going to happen to you," Short says choking back tears.
Despite the sadness she feels surrounding Chris' death, Short hopes other kids will learn from his tragic end. Heroin kills.
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