A Delaware mother is sharing the photo of her identifying her dead son’s body after he died of a fatal opioid overdose.
Nora Sheehan, 56, recently had to identify her son’s body after he died following a dose of xylazine and fentanyl. He had been battling addiction for eight years.
After he died in October, Sheehan made the decision to share this photo to raise awareness of the opioid crisis in the U.S.
“Holding my dead son in my arms, this is the picture of addiction. This is what happens,” she said.
She described the experience.
“I couldn’t grieve until I saw him. Until then I had been holding out hope,” she said.
“They told me to prepare for the smell in the room, because his body had been outside for a while in the hot weather.
“That was the farthest thing from my mind. I wanted to hold him and hug him one last time.
Her son Andrew Jugler, a 29-year-old mechanic, began taking pain killers in 2010 and eventually progressed to fentanyl and heroin. He struggled with his addiction for eight years, very often homeless while he struggled.