We lost our beautiful son Brandon to an opioid addiction, which resulted in overdose. He was a promising student and football player until a knee injury required the surgery that ultimately resulted in his addiction to Percocet. This addiction manifested into an addiction to xanax, codeine, and oxycodone as well. Brandon was a popular student and had so many friends. He was genuinely just as beautiful on the inside as he was on the outside. He leaves behind his mother, father, two younger brothers, uncles, aunts, cousins, and many close friends all of whom will have to struggle to adjust to life without him. What these drugs do to our children is criminal. They rob them of themselves and ultimately rob us of them. We did everything we could to try and help him but because he was 21 we had little say in what he did. I still can’t comprehend that I will never see, smell, or hold my first born son again and my heart is truly broken. The pain I feel is almost unbearable and I find I can’t catch my breath. I know I have to keep myself together for myself, my husband, and most of all my two remaining sons. I would give anything to be able to go back and change how Brandon’s story ended but I would be so happy to know that his ending helped others change theirs.