Joseph Ryan  Kennedy

Joseph Ryan Kennedy

Our son Joseph Ryan Kennedy age 28 was found dead lying face down in the gravel along side a road in San Juan Capistrano CA on February 4, 2010. He died from a lethal combination of Methadone and Xanax that he received from a dirty doctor who sold him a prescription for 75 methadone pills and 30 Xanax pills for $150 cash. He was dumped by the thugs that he unfortunately was with when he overdosed. For hours they abused him by hitting him and kicking him putting him in a shower and leaving him there for long periods of time trying to wake him up. One thug even urinated on him while he was unconscious in the shower. They passed 4 hospitals while they drove to the place where they dumped him unconscious but alive. They then made a 911 call and the dispatcher made a decision not to send out an engine calling it a wild goose chase. The 911 call was made at 49 seconds after midnight on the 4th of February 2010 my son was found at 6:51am on the fourth of February deceased. The morning my son was found there were over 30 police officers at the scene but the apathetic dispatcher the night before couldn’t see fit to send just one officer to investigate if my son was there. When the thugs were interviewed by the police, they were asked why they did not take him to a hospital and the thugs answered because they did not want to get into trouble with the police! Joseph Ryan Kennedy was a one of a kind person who at his core was an extremely kind, loving, energetic, charismatic, and a very spiritual person. He could make friends with anyone, and people loved to be around him. Joey was very creative, artistic, and was a phenomenal poet and writer. He loved to play sports and excelled in baseball, football, golf, surfing, skateboarding and even break-dancing! Too many families are losing their children and loved ones to the epidemic of prescription drug abuse. It needs to be stopped and the number one target is the massive production and proliferation of opiates by Big Pharma. Other solutions include: • Passing 9-1-1 Good Samaritan laws allowing drug users to get medical assistance for overdose victims without fear of arrest. • Making naloxone, a drug that reverses opiate overdoses, more readily available. • Laws with greater emphasis on treatment for drug addicts rather than incarceration. • Increased training for emergency personnel in handling drug addicts. • Separating drug addicts during jail release. • Reviewing probation protocol for handling addicts under the influence.