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Vestavia mom who lost son to heroin addiction warns about gateway drugs

Susan Brawley lost her son Aaron to a heroin overdose about 12 years ago. Source: WBRC video Susan Brawley lost her son Aaron to a heroin overdose about 12 years ago. Source: WBRC video
Susan Brawley spoke about the warning signs of drug addiction and gateway drugs at a roundtable discussion in Homewood. Source: WBRC video Susan Brawley spoke about the warning signs of drug addiction and gateway drugs at a roundtable discussion in Homewood. Source: WBRC video
The roundtable discussion was held Thursday at the Homewood Board of Education. Source: WBRC video The roundtable discussion was held Thursday at the Homewood Board of Education. Source: WBRC video
VESTAVIA HILLS, AL (WBRC) -

A Vestavia Hills mom is sharing her son's story about drug addiction in hopes of helping parents who are dealing with the same issues.

Susan Brawley spoke at the "Pills to Needles" roundtable discussion on Thursday morning at the Homewood Board of Education.

Brawley lost her son Aaron to a heroin overdose about 12 years ago. She told parents some of the warning signs are lying and stealing.

She also said parents can't "love their child out of addiction" - they need to confront the problem head on. Brawley described how Aaron's addiction started with what she calls "gateway drugs."

"But I think initially it started with I caught him using, drinking beer, smoking cigarettes. He admitted to me that he was given a marijuana cigarette at the age of 15 from a Vestavia High School football player so I believe in the gateway drugs, a lot of people don't,” Brawley said. 

Brawley also told parents to know who their kids' friends are, and invite them over to your house instead of always letting your child go to their house.

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