Vital Signs newsletter: Family shines light on addiction with Caribou man’s obituary

The statistics about heroin abuse tell us that more and more of Maine’s residents are dying from overdoses. In 2013, drugs killed more Mainers than car crashes.

What the numbers don’t tell us are the stories of those lost lives. The aftershocks of drug deaths reverberate through families and communities long after the initial loss, most often through whispered remembrances and private mourning. But one Maine family has brought their grief out in to the open, in hopes of saving others from the same fate.

Ryan Bossie, 26, died “after losing a hard-fought battle with addiction,” his obituary reads.

“It’s better than sweeping it under the rug,” said his brother, Andrew Bossie.

Family shines light on addiction with Caribou man’s obituary

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Jackie Farwell

About Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.