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.
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.