"You were made to feel like you had to take stuff for you to be normal, but that was just your personality, who you were."
Fiona writes a letter to her son, Cameron, who died due to drugs in 2012.
Hello my handsome boy! I miss you so much my bairn. I wish I could have one of your bear hugs!
Your passing has left a big hole in our lives. I don’t know if you truly knew how much I loved you. I wish I had been a better mum and never let you start taking Ritalin aged 12! I think that started your addiction to drugs. Now I realise there are other ways to help people rather than just medication.
You were made to feel like you had to take stuff for you to be normal but that was just your personality, who you were.
I have never met anybody like you! Have me greeting and laughing at the same time! I keep looking for someone who reminds me of you, but nobody comes close. People say me and you are so alike. I don’t think I realised how much either until you passed.
Your beautiful daughter is staying with me now. Don’t worry, I will take care of her for you. We talk about you all the time.
I take comfort from the fact that you passed in your brother’s house and not somewhere strange, but I worry about him, he’s never dealt with your passing.
There is so much more I want to say but I haven’t got enough paper!
Love you more than you can ever imagine my boy!
Cameron's death was preventable.
Fiona's story shows the devastating impact the loss of a life to alcohol or drugs has on the family and friends left behind.
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