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Read A Story

Through their stories, we want to celebrate the victims of the overdose epidemic through their strengths, acknowledge their struggles, and recognize their humanity.

Share Your Story

Losing a loved one to overdose is a heartbreaking experience. From pain comes a purpose.

That’s why More Than Just A Number is not only a memorial but also a call to action.

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They were More Than Just A Number. Here are a few of the memorials submitted by our community. Each one is a tribute to a loved one who died from overdose, a reminder of their strength and humanity, and a call to action to prevent future tragedies.

We invite you to explore the memorials, read the stories, and join us in turning heartbreak into action. If you have lost a loved one to overdose, we encourage you to submit a memorial and share their story with our community. Together, we can make a difference.







Share Your Story

We invite you to submit a memorial for your loved one.

It can be a tribute, a poem, a photo, a video, or any other form of expression that reflects their life and personality. You can also include a message of hope, a call to action, or a thank you to those who supported you.

Join me in honoring the lives lost to overdose and turning heartbreak into action.

– Angela Kennecke

Turning Heartbreak into Action

Emily’s Story

May 16, 2018

In just three days, Emily was scheduled to be checked into a treatment center. She never made it.

Her family was in the process of organizing an intervention to get her into treatment after realizing something “wasn’t right.”

Emily’s death was a shock to her family who did not realize she was injecting heroin.

The dose Emily used that day, unbeknownst to her, was laced with enough fentanyl to kill six people.

The Numbers


The number of Americans who died last year from an overdose.

From May 2022-May 2023, according to the CDC.


Overdose deaths up from the previous year.

Up 2.5 percent over the previous year (May 2021-2022). Data source: CDC


Estimated number of overdose deaths in the U.S. from 1999-2022.

Data is from these saved tables from CDC Wonder at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Center for Health Statistics. This data is updated regularly.