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Nashville Mayors Son Dies of Apparent Opioid Overdose

Max Barry drug overdose victim

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Thousands of people die from opioid overdose each year and now Nashville Mayor, Megan Barry’s son, Max,  has become a yet another tragic statistic, he died from an apparent overdose.

His death occurred in Littleton, Colo., a suburb of Denver, where the 22-year-old Max Barry had recently moved after graduating college.

“Early this morning, we received news that no parents should ever have to hear,” Megan and Bruce Barry said in a statement. “Our son Max suffered from an overdose and passed away. We cannot begin to describe the pain and heartbreak that comes with losing our only child. Our son was a kind soul full of life and love for his family and friends.”

Our hearts and prayers go out to the Barry family.   We’ve witnessed the toll opioid addiction and opioid overdose takes on families each and every day.  We’ve seen the heart ache that parents experience when they lose a child to an overdose.  Usually the overdose death is a simple statistic, an anonymous person who does not make headlines, but the pain the family feels is the same.  A senseless and avoidable loss.

Megan Barry with Max as a young child

Megan and Max as a young child

Often times an opioid, or opiate addict knows they need help but doesn’t know how to get it.  In-patient treatment or otherwise medical treatment and detox is often times expensive and determining insurance coverage for treatment can be complicated to the addict and their family.

If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid, opiate, heroin or prescription drug abuse and addiction call our helpline now.  Our phones are manned by trained specialists who can help you make sense of your insurance coverage and provide you with guidance.  Call now, don’t risk being another statistic. 1-888-352-6072

  • Messages of condolence to be sent to megan.barry@nashville.gov or Office of Mayor Megan Barry, 1 Public Sq, Nashville, TN 37201.