Jeanmarie McCauley knows the tolls of opioid addiction from painful experience. She has lost three sons to heroin and prescription painkiller abuse in the past few years. She said that her son Jesse’s body was found on the beach in Delray Beach, Florida, after he went the coastal town to undergo treatment at a center in the area. According to US Weekly, Jesse was a star football player who was injured and prescribed painkillers. His painkiller addiction slowly morphed into an addiction to heroin since the drug is cheaper on the street. He struggled with the disease for six years.
Opioid addictions are becoming increasingly common in America, and as a result, overdoses and deaths at the hands of opioids are becoming more prevalent. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, drug overdoses were the leading cause of accidental death in 2014. In a survey study conducted by the ASAM, 94 percent of people in treatment for opioid addiction said they chose to use heroin because prescription opioids were “far more expensive and harder to obtain.”
Jeanmarie’s family is from Rockland, Massachusetts–an area that has been ravaged by heroin addiction. She said that she never believed this would happen to her sons. Corey McCauley, who passed away in 2014, was a “charismatic person who’s wit and charm won over the hearts of all who knew him” according to his obituary.