True Stories

  • 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.