Mortician embalms son after heroin death that stemmed from Oxy

While there seem to be at least a few stories every week on OxyContin-related deaths, this one by the Taunton Daily Gazette is particularly heart-wrenching. George Fiske, a Brockton, Mass. funeral director, tells of embalming his own son, 22-year-old Lance Patrick Fiske, who died of a heroin overdose in the family home that also houses the funeral business on Aug. 23. Lance moved on to heroin after becoming addicted to OxyContin in high school, the paper reports. Of Lance, who had been clean for the past nine months and working in the family business, Fiske said, “he was my buddy,” according to the paper.

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