Patricia Hamilton, Vancouver, BC
My son’s name is Jason Michael Ruf. He was born on March 25, 1977 and died on May 24, 2014. He died from a heroin overdose which may have been a suicide. He was 37 years old. He had a soft, sensitive heart as big as all outdoors, he was smart, and had a wonderful sense of humour. He loved hockey, animals, music, and most of all his cat, Bob. Jason struggled with the concurrent disorders PTSD, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, alcohol and drug addiction for about 15 years prior to his death. He lived with me for 12 of those years after which his life spiraled downwards. We could find no help or support. He died in a Single Room Occupancy hotel on Vancouver’s downtown eastside. My heart is broken in a million pieces. Each time I read about another young person dying from addiction, I am saddened and angry. There must be help for people struggling with addiction and their families at EVERY stage of their illness . My passion is to see the stigma and shame removed from addictions, and to have addictions dealt with humanely, kindly and compassionately, as the disease which it is. I will always love Jason Michael Ruf.
Son Jason Michael Ruf, age 37, died from a heroin overdose on May 24, 2014.