Drug Prevention Speaker Touching Hearts and Changing Lives
New York father, Jeffrey Veatch is taking the pain of loss from his son’s tragic drug overdose death, and turning it into a positive force for good. His son Justin was a talented musician with big dreams. Dreams that his father refuses to let die.
After his son Justin’s sudden death from a heroin overdose, Jeffrey started The Justin Veatch Fund which offers scholarships to music students to give his son a lasting legacy. In a recent op-ed column, he warned against marijuana’s legalization in New York.
“To ignore the role that marijuana plays in opiate overdose deaths is like ignoring the role of tobacco in lung cancer.”
Jeffrey speaks to thousands of students annually about the dangers of drug use, a talk which he calls “A Message from Justin.”
Turning Grief into Drug Prevention Education
He is available to give two other talks. The first, “From Marijuana to Heroin” he presented last year to drug prevention professionals at the SAM conference. The second is a new talk for teens focused on teen use of marijuana.
More information about Jeffrey’s educational campaign can be found on his website: thejustinveatchfund.org.
To book one of Jeffrey’s talks, send a message to [email protected].
Powerful Drug Prevention Film
A short 27 minute documentary is now available online which powerfully relates the story of how drugs led to an early death for Justin. And it tells the inspiring story of how this father is carrying his son’s dreams forward.
This short drug prevention film gives parents a wonderful opportunity to educate their child at home. It can also be shown in a school classroom.
Whispering Spirits tells the story of Justin Veatch, a talented musician who tragically died of a drug overdose at the age of seventeen. The film follows Jeffrey, Justin’s father, as his family grapples with their devastating loss while reconnecting with him through the music he left behind.
Watch the film here:
Drug Prevention Podcast
Jeffrey also hosts a drug prevention podcast, called The Drug Crisis: Faces Behind the Struggle. He interviews a variety of guests who are either recovering addicts or experts in the field of addiction.
We encourage parents and educators to avail yourselves of these helpful resources. Parents, why not ask your school district to hold a big event with Jeffrey as the speaker and show the film? It would certainly drug-proof a lot of young people.