Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Casey's Story the Ravages of Addiction, Shared with Honesty

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Casey's Story the Ravages of Addiction, Shared with Honesty

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It took courage for Casey Schwartzmier to make her request and courage for her mother, Michelle, to carry out the 20-year-old's wishes. They have done their part. The question now is, who will have the courage to change because of Casey's story?

Casey, who long struggled with heroin addition, died Jan. 15 from an accidental overdose that occurred five days before at her family's Ross home. Realizing that her life one day might end this way, she had encouraged her mom to be candid about the details - to go public with them - if it did."Tell them," she said."Tell them my story."

Michelle obliged, composing an emotional obituary about her daughter's death and struggle against a "demon that's wiping out a generation." The obituary, published Jan. …

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