True Stories

  • Matthew McKinney, 17

    Matthew was full of adventure, mischief and zest for life but things changed when he got addicted to drugs.
  • Cassie Haydal, 18

    Cassie was an honor roll student who was active in sports and volunteered at an after school program at her school. Her parents never suspected drug use until she suffered a heart attack from meth use.
  • Nick and Jack Savage, Indiana

    These two brothers made an unfortunate decision that cost them their lives.
  • Rachel Thraxton, Recovering, Charleston, West Virginia

    For years Rachel was addicted to alcohol, pills and heroin.  Find out what advice she offers to young people.
  • William “Will” Christian Doerhoff, 20, Arkansas

    William “Will” Christian Doerhoff, a top-notch student in high school, didn't touch drugs until college. That decision ended up costing him his life.
  • Cash Owen, 22

    Cash Owen, described as intelligent and charming by his family, was only 22 years old when he died from a drug overdose. Watch as his mother talks about his addiction and his final days.
  • Adam Moser, 27, Portsmouth, N.H.

    Adam Moser was popular, adventurous, athletic, a college grad, a top fisherman and a World War II history buff who fluently spoke French. In 2015, he died at age 27 after overdosing on the powerful synthetic opioid, fentanyl.
  • Connor Eckhardt, 19

    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

    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

    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.