True Stories

  • Connor Eckhardt, 19, Spice/K2

    Connor Eckhardt was your typical California teen who enjoyed surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. But July 11, 2014 was not your typical day and was the worst day imaginable for Connor and his family. On that day, Connor inhaled one hit, just one hit, of a synthetic drug known as Spice or K2, and slipped into a coma and never woke up again. Connor was just 19 years old at the time of his death.
  • Laura Hope Laws, 17, Morphine and Cocaine

    Laura was an active church youth group member, a star varsity soccer player, and kind to many people. However, a prescription painkiller to treat a sports injury eventually led to her heroin addiction, and ultimately, an overdose on morphine, cocaine and alcohol.
  • Ian Brown, 21, Heroin

    Ian began abusing opioid-based prescription drugs in high school and switched to black-tar heroin because it was cheaper and easier to obtain. After the first time he tried it, he couldn't stop. He went in and out of rehab and tried desperately to become clean, but he eventually overdosed.
  • Daniel Katz, 25, Oxycontin and Cocaine

    Daniel's drug problems began in high school with marijuana and alcohol. It later included prescription pills and cocaine, both of which would claim his life.
  • Montana Sean Brown, 15, 25I-NBOMe

    Montana and his brothers thought they would have some fun trying LSD for the first time while their parents were out of town. Instead, the freshman football player took a deadly, clandestinely-made synthetic version that killed him.
  • Taylor Hooton, 17, Steroids

    Taylor just wanted to make the varsity baseball team, and steroids had been recommended to him as a way to get bigger faster.
  • Ryan Haight, 18, Vicodin

    Ryan died from an overdose of prescription drugs he purchased online. He had loved math and science, and was an “A” student who was looking forward to going to college.
  • Mark Bauer, 18, Prescription drugs

    Mark was a good kid from a caring family. He occasionally drank beer and had tried marijuana on several occasions, but he never let on to his parents that he was also abusing prescription drugs.
  • Jason Surks, 19, Prescription Drugs

    As a pre-pharmacy major, Jason probably felt he knew more about prescription drugs than he actually did. He evidently thought he was being safe, but he overdosed on prescription drugs.
  • Irma Perez, 14, Ecstasy

    Irma was a 14-year-old girl from Belmont, California who took an Ecstasy pill. She became sick immediately—vomiting and writhing in pain—yet her friends did not seek medical help for her.
  • Ian Eaccarino, 20, Heroin

    One September morning, Ian’s mother found him dead in his bed of an accidental heroin overdose.
  • Efrain Marrero, 19, Steroids

    Efrain began using steroids, under the impression that it would make him bigger, stronger, faster, and earn him the title and recognition he so much desired on the football field.
  • David Manlove, 16, Inhalants

    David was looking forward to the summer. He found a job, earning money to buy a car and trying to win back some of his parents’ trust. But his continued desire to get high was very powerful, more powerful than anyone knew, even himself.
  • David Pease, 23

    Dave had spent most of his teen years looking for answers about himself in a mixture of marijuana, cigarettes and alcohol. He would eventually turn to cocaine as well.