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Family warns about dangers of heroin addiction in man’s obituary

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AVON LAKE, Ohio — The family of an Ohio man, who struggled with drugs, mentions his battle with heroin in his obituary. They are hoping his death will be a lesson to others.

Daniel Joseph Wolanski passed away from a heroin overdose on April 20. He was 24 years old.

In his obituary on the Busch Funeral Home website, his family remembered his humor, his charisma and his demons.

“Over the course of DJ’s life, he made many bad decisions including experimenting with drugs. Unfortunately, his five-year addiction and battle with heroin took over. His family and friends truly loved him and tried everything from being supportive to tough love as he struggled with his own inner demons and heroin.”

The obituary said Wolanski lost friends to heroin and knew the drug destroyed families. His own family took his death as an opportunity to warn others.

“Don’t believe the logical sounding reasons of where their money is going or why they act so different,” the obituary said. “Don’t believe them when they say they’re clean.”

The family also started a GoFundMe page to pay for Daniel’s final expenses. Extra money will be used to help others with heroin addiction.

1 Comment

  • DMarie

    I am so very sorry for your loss, please accept my deepest sympathies. My heart aches for you all. We have lost our beautiful 26 year old daughter from sniffing Xanax, 4 years ago. We understand your devastation and anguish. We tried to help her and she went along with all we tried to do. Unfortunately, the demon of addiction won.

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