Monday 23 April 2018

Mother-of-two poses with children by casket of husband who died of heroin overdose

Credit: Eva Holland/Facebook
Credit: Eva Holland/Facebook
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

A woman whose husband died of a heroin overdose has shared a photo of herself and her children posing by his casket in an effort in highlight the 'reality of addiction'.

Eva Holland lost her husband Mike Settles (26) earlier this month in what she has sais was a preventable death after he took a heroin overdose.

The Ohio father-of-two had been released from a drug rehabilitation clinic several months ago, seemingly a 'new man' after his treatment.

He had developed an addiction to heroin after an addiction to pain medication.

Credit: Eva Holland/Facebook
Credit: Eva Holland/Facebook

Following her huband's funeral last week, Eva smiled for a photo with her children Lucas and Ava by his open casket.

She then posted the photo to her Facebook and Instagram explaining the unconventional move.

"I'm sure this photo makes a lot of people uncomfortable it may even p**s a few people off but the main reason I took it was to show the reality of addiction," she wrote in the photo caption.

"If you don't choose recovery every single day this will be your only way out.

Credit: Eva Holland/Instagram
Credit: Eva Holland/Instagram

"No parent should have to bury their child and no child as young as ours should have to bury their parent.

"This was preventable it didn't have to happen but one wrong choice destroyed his family.

"I know a lot of people may be upset I'm putting it out in the open like this, but hiding the facts is only going to keep this epidemic going.

"The cold hard truth is heroin kills.

"You may think it will never happen to you but guess what that's what Mike thought too."

Holland - who had been partner to Settles for 11 years - said that her husband was involved with drugs since he was a teenager.

Settles himself had used his own Facebook page to document his struggle with drugs.

In April, he posted a photo of himself with the caption: 'Sober is the best look.'

Then in May he posted two photos of himself, one presumably from his days as an addict, and the other of himself at the time, with the caption: '#transformation #healthy'

The Facebook post with the casket photo has been shared on Facebook almost 250,000 times and has received around 100 comments.

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