My name is Betsy Ragone. My son Michael struggled with heroin addiction for over 10 years. He died on January 17th 2016 of an accidental overdose here in his childhood home in Charlotte NC while visiting from Phoenix Arizona. He was 30 years old.
Funny, funny kid and man.. He loved fishing, football, poker, jokes, his girlfriend, family and friends. He was hysterically sarcastic and edgy. He sang songs in Italian that he memorized. He lit up a room with his smile and personality.
He was ashamed of his addiction and always thought he could beat it... On his own... One of his last texts to me was...
"love u 2 Moms.. Don't let fear control you.. I know how bad this sounds but I promise I will not make you bury me.. I'm going to out live u" ...
He didn't mean to leave us. Lured, by a cunning drug that destroys impulse control and crushed, under the shame and stigma of being addicted.....He used alone and died.