Feb 17, 2016 9:38 PM
EXETER - Just shy of five months since losing their son Adam, Jeanne and Jim Moser shared their story at a forum on addiction and recovery Wednesday night. The 27 year-old overdosed on fentanyl, a drug he only tried a couple of times.
“He was a young man, the oldest of four, very well educated, very well liked, he was a great athlete, dead,” Mrs. Moser said.
Like many, Adam’s path to the strong opiate began with abusing prescription pills. Dean Lemire is in recovery himself and is now the substance misuse prevention coordinator at One Voice for Strafford County. He says it’s strange to him when people seem shocked at the move from pills to heroin.
“I can tell you as somebody who did it, it was as natural as replacing an old pair of shoes,” Lemire said
Tom Sherman, a State Rep on the State Opioid Task Force talked about legislation they’ve put forth, including a bill that would require education on opiates starting as early as kindergarten.
“Education is so important for kids, young adults, and adults to make them fully aware of the potential fatal consequence,” Mr. Moser said.
Dozens gathered in the Congregation Church of Exeter to listen and learn.
“This particular kind of issue like addiction, something so close to the heart of so many, it’s a sacred community space and we need that for this kind of conversation,” said Lisa Butler, one of the events organizers.
It’s a conversation the Moser’s hope to continue in memory of their son.
“This is really tough, but you know by golly his death isn’t going to be in vain,” Mrs. Moser said.
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