The family of Justin Pearson, who died from an overdose of drugs purchased from a rogue online pharmacy, and the Minnesota Pharmacists Association have launched a new website, AwareRx.org, to educate Internet users about the dangers of “rogue” Internet pharmacies.
We’re glad to see the website, and we take a moment to remember the tragedy behind it. His memorial website says that Justin Pearson was:
a vibrant young man with endless possibilities for a bright future. He was the kind of person who lit up a room just by entering it. He had many friends from all walks of life and he was the kind of friend who would not only give you the shirt off his back, but his shoes and socks as well. He became engaged in 2006 with plans to marry in 2007 and talked joyfully of having children.
Justin died Christmas Day, December 25, 2006. The main contributing factor was a “mixed drug overdose” of Vicodin and Xanax. Specifically:
A junk e-mail in the fall of 2004 advertising Vicodin without a prescription triggered Justin to investigate. Justin’s use of Vicodin expanded dramatically. At the height of his use, he took as many as 80 Vicodin within a 24-hour period, all purchased over the internet.
Justin’s death is still fairly recent. Our best wishes go out to his family, and we applaud them for having the courage to move forward with AwareRx.org as a way of helping others. We didn’t know Justin, but from what we’ve heard, he sounds like the kind of guy who would have been worth knowing.