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Her Story: I Watched My Big Brother Battle with Drug Addiction


By Jenn Kline

From an outside perspective, I have had a typical college experience. I joined a sorority, was involved in clubs, and went out on the weekends. For many of us, what others see is not necessarily the entire truth. There is more than what meets the eye.

There are two days so far in my 21 years of life that have changed me forever. On November 5th, 2013 I became aware that my older brother, Jake Kline, was struggling with an addiction to opiates. Less than two years later, on February 8th, 2015 my 24-year-old brother passed away from a heroin overdose.

In college, I watched drugs slowly change and kill my brother.