“Without doing what I’ve been doing, speaking to who I’ve spoken to, Sara’s death is so meaningless. And I don’t want other parents to deal with what Gina and I have dealt with.”
Leon Wittner says his daughter Sara’s drug overdose death was due in part to the disruption of treatment caused by the pandemic. But more than anything, he blames the stigma of addiction and substance abuse, which he says kept his family from seeking help early in her illness. In hopes of saving others, he speaks openly about his family’s experience with addiction and loss.
“She was ferocious in her support of people in addiction recovery. So when she died, I knew it was something that I needed to continue.
“It was the only way I could find any hope in her death.”
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