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Welcome to Life After You Book

On February 23, 2014, the happy, peaceful life I knew was over.  After breaking down the bedroom door of our youngest child, we found 19-year old Danny dead in the chair at his desk.  We were in shock, screaming, and clueless what to do.  Danny and I had coffee and a nice conversation together just hours earlier that morning. What happened to my son?  The police arrived and the investigation began.  We weren’t allowed in his room, but after pleading with the officers to give me information, they told us that drugs were found in his room.  Initially they were treating this as just another teen drug death, but some information was obtained and it quickly turned into a crime scene. Read more

 

 

““Finally, someone has tried to take the bull by the horns and gone on the offensive against the addiction epidemic.”
David Ray, Co-Founder of Cross Keys Retreat

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Life After You, What Your Death from Drugs Leaves Behind

Letter originally written in 2014

Dear Friends,

It’s been almost one month since we lost our Danny. I vowed his death will not be just another drug related casualty and yet I don’t have the strength to use my voice to reach out to others. I thought of starting a blog but can’t get it going. I have a message to parents and young people about what we learned so the best way to get it out is for everyone who reads this post to share it and hopefully our experience can save another life. Here is what we learned:

1. This can happen to anyone.

2. The drug dealer is not always the creepy inner city guy or some bad kid from town; it could be your next door neighbor, a father of children your kid’s ages.



3. Most teens don’t think anything bad will ever happen to them.

4. You can have the best environment and the happiest of families.

5. You can talk to your kids about drugs, schools can educate them; it usually doesn’t help or work in most cases.

6. Teenagers are very skilled at half truths.

7. Right under our nose our son was using drugs.

8. There is tremendous shame and embarrassment felt by kids when they recognize they have a substance abuse problem.



9. The unwritten CODE OF TEENAGERS is to keep silent about anything you know that may cause you lose a friend.

10. For those of you who are lucky enough to have the opportunity to help your child DON’T MESS IT UP!!!

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The Answer to Combatting the Drug Epidemic Lies in Our Youth

“Hey, What Are You Doing?” #HWAYD? is an interactive multimedia campaign to empower youth by providing them with a platform where they can answer this simple question and where they can share inspirational personal stories to help combat substance abuse and the drug epidemic in their communities.
SEE #HWAYD? Campaign

Giovanna Aguilar and Linda Lajterman

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MISSION: To produce thought-provoking, inspirational digital content engaging our youth to spearhead a culture change to challenges the status quo about what is cool and how to have fun.

It’s about youth proposing and promoting constructive, fun and character-building activities that embrace healthy lifestyle choices and compassionate, open communication to help prevent and combat substance and drug abuse.

“Hey, What Are You Doing to have fun with friends without crossing the line?

Coming Soon – Multimedia Campaign for Youth to Combat the Drug Epidemic

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