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Ohio couple calls out heroin in teen daughter's obituary, trying to prevent 'agony' for others

 


MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Confronted with the sudden death of their 18-year-old daughter, Fred and Dorothy McIntosh Shuemake made a defiant decision: they would not worry about any finger-pointing, whispers or family stigma.

They directed the funeral home to begin Alison Shuemake's obituary by stating flatly that she died "of a heroin overdose." They aren't the first grieving American parents to cite heroin in an obituary as such deaths nearly quadrupled nationally over a decade, but it's rare, even in a southwest Ohio community headed toward another record year in heroin-related deaths.

http://www.startribune.com/ohio-couple-calls-out-heroin-in-teen-daughter-s-obituary/325061241/

 

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