A grieving father’s Facebook photo of his deceased son is a chilling reminder of the true dangers of drug use.
Mike Stollings’ 20-year-old son Jeramie Ratliff sadly died last week after battling issues with drugs for some time, and in a heart wrenching post, Mike was completely honest about his son’s struggles and even included a picture of the young man’s dead body lying on a gurney at the funeral home.
“Lets take another look at how fun drugs are............... this is my son about an hour after the funeral home got him late monday afternoon,” Mike Stollings wrote in his post. “When he died he had been bleeding out of his ears and had blood in his hair and foam in his mouth. they were kind enough to clean him before we got there. his body was ice cold from being kept in a refrigerator. my cold dead son.”
Stollings went on to describe his son’s apparent addiction to LSD and talk about how the 20-year-old’s death will affect his family for the rest of their lives. The young man reportedly left behind a 10-month-old son named Asher and had even gotten a new job not long before his untimely death.
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In speaking to WHIO, Stollings said he hopes the picture and message, which have now gone viral online, will help create awareness.
“I’ll spend the rest of my days on this earth racking my brain trying to figure out what I should have done differently,” said Stollings. “Just brutal, cold, reality. People need to see that. This stuff’s not just fun and games and feeling good and going out with your buddies. Too many times, it turns into this. People need to see that.”
So far, Stollings’ photo has nearly 25,000 shares on Facebook.