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Funeral Home Director Warns Youth Against Drugs: I’m Here To Scare You

By Victoria Kim 06/27/17

“I’ll show you what the person looks like and I’ll show you what the family goes through, and you watch it, then tell me you want to do it.”

funeral director standing in front of urn and candelabra.

A funeral home director from the New York City borough of Staten Island became so frustrated with witnessing all the “avoidable deaths” coming through his funeral home that he’s now made it his mission to give others a wakeup call.

“I don’t want to see you in my funeral home. I’m here for one reason, to scare the living crap out of you,” said Kevin Moran at a talk he gave to a group of young people in 2016, according to Fox News.

Moran, who also speaks regularly at opioid addiction support meetings that are attended by hundreds, carries death certificates of opioid OD victims with him to demonstrate the hard-hitting reality of a fatal drug overdose.

And during his talks, Moran doesn’t skimp on the graphic details about the deceased who come through the John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals—like the young mother who was found dead with the needle still in her arm, still holding her newborn baby.

According to Fox News, more than 100 people died of accidental overdose in Staten Island in 2016—a 35% increase since 2015.

To round out his message, Moran extends an invite to visit his funeral home and see a deceased OD victim in the flesh. “I’ll show you what the person looks like and I’ll show you what the family goes through, and you watch it, then tell me you want to do it,” he said.

He tells Fox News that he’s even witnessed people using drugs in the funeral home parking lot while attending the wake of someone who died doing the same thing. “The drug epidemic is so different than any other. When you lose a child to a drug overdose, the heroin or the pills, the emotions that are churned up are unlike any other,” said Moran, who has daughters of his own.

Especially witnessing the younger victims of a fatal overdose, Moran is driven by his desire to prevent any more needless deaths. “It’s a father missing the opportunity to walk his daughter down the aisle, a graduation that didn’t happen,” he said. “The world is not designed…for parents to bury their children. They don’t have to happen. They are avoidable deaths.”

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