Mar 12, 2016 11:14 AM
Family uses Woodstock man's death to strike back at heroin epidemic
WOODSTOCK - A Woodstock man's family is using his death to bring awareness to the heroin epidemic across New Hampshire.
Jesse Ryan McNamara, 34, died Friday, March 4, of a suspected overdose in his home.
At the request of the family, the Woodstock Police Department released a prepared statement.
According to the statement, "Jesse had been struggling with addiction for several years and had been doing well for the past few months. He had been working with his father and things were improving. Then very recently, he relapsed. He relapsed and now he is gone. The official results of his cause of death will not be released for weeks, but we all know his addiction undoubtedly is the basis of his passing."
The statement urged the community to come together at town, state and national levels to fight inexpensive heroin and an epidemic of addiction and deaths.
McNamara was a 2000 graduate of Lin-Wood High School in Lincoln. He leaves a daughter. His obituary was published in the New Hampshire Union Leader.
The full text of the press release is as follows:
On March 4t, 2016, the Woodstock Police Department responded to an apparent overdose death. The investigation is still pending and the Woodstock Police Department and any with information should contact Sergeant Ryan Oleson, 603-745-8700.
At the request of his family the Police Department has prepared this press release. Jesse Ryan McNamara of North Woodstock died Friday, March 4, 2016 at his home. He was 34. Jesse had been struggling with addiction for several years and had been doing well for the past few months. He had been working with his father and things were improving. Then very recently, he relapsed. He relapsed, and now he is gone. The official results of his cause of death will not be released for weeks, but we all know his addiction undoubtedly is the basis of his passing.
Jesse was born in 1981, a year when there were very few overdose deaths in New Hampshire. In 1981, a gram of uncut heroin cost more than $1,000. Today, our state is seeing hundreds of deaths and the price of heroin is less than a tenth of what it was in 1981.
This trend will continue if we do not come together as a community, as a state and as a nation to combat the problem. Every day, every person should commit themselves to doing something about this crisis. If you know someone who is suffering from addiction, then spend time with them. Tell other people about their addiction who can help them; tell as many people as you can. Get that person as much help as you can. Then, work with them through their recover, which hopefully will last a long, long lifetime.
Jesse was the son of Kevin G. and Karen J. (Hamilton) McNamara. He was a 2000 graduate of Lin-Wood High School in Lincoln. He loved the outdoors and nature, especially hiking, kayaking and big mountain skiing. Most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with his daughter. But that is all gone now; all we have is memories. We must remember Jesse and the hundreds of others who have lost their battle with addiction. Remember them and do what you can to prevent these tragedies from happening in your community.
It is important to help local law enforcement with any information you can, so we can make arrests of those who deal drugs. Finally, we must all work on prevention strategies to address all substance abuse so our next generation will not will not be faced with such a crisis.