“As someone who lost their cousin to drug overdose, despite attempts to try to get them help, losing someone to addiction is a grief I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy. It’s heartbreaking to see someone you care about slowly morph into a person whose only concern was how they were getting their next fix. Holding back the tears as their eyes showed a silent cry for help. And what hurts the most is that this could have been prevented.”
‘This Could Have Been Prevented’
Gabriel discussed how difficult it was to watch their cousin struggle with addiction and ultimately succumb to a drug overdose. They called on the next mayor to take action and help prevent overdose deaths in New York City.