Mom lost 2 teenage sons in one night to opioids
SAN ANTONIO, Tx. —
Becky Savage will never forget the night she lost her two oldest sons.
"They both had passed away that morning," said Savage referring to June 14th, 2015.
Her son Nick was 19 years old, and her son Jack had just turned 18 at the time.
Savage, who is a nurse from Indiana was invited to San Antonio by Laurel Ridge to share her family's story.
Savage says her sons had been out celebrating at graduation parties in Indiana, and came home about 12:30 a.m.
"Checked in with me, and they seemed fine. They went into the kitchen and made snacks, and I went to bed thinking that everything was okay, " Savage added.
When Nick and Jack went to sleep that night they never woke up. Savage says at one of the party's her sons and other kids were drinking alcohol and someone was passing out prescription pills.
"And those pills happened to be an opioid. I'm a nurse and 2 1/2 years ago I can't say that I had that conversation with our kids about misuse or abuse of prescription medications.
Savage is encouraging parents to talk to their kids about an exit plan, and what to say if they're confronted by someone offering them prescription pills.
Savage has made it her mission to share her family's story, hoping to prevent another tragedy.
"By telling their story they're gonna save lives, people are going to make better choices by their story, and that's what keeps me going."