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Las Vegas mom wants to save lives after son overdoses

Posted at 7:23 AM, Sep 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-14 10:26:10-04

A Las Vegas mom is determined to save lives after her son overdosed on heroin. Brett was handsome, outgoing, and an A-student at Durango high school before drugs destroyed and eventually took his life.

Outside the family home, a purple ribbon...and inside...photographs. Debi Nadler never imagined her son would become a drug addict. "I wish I had information back then that is available now. So I could've seen the signs better and I would've known."

It stared with alcohol and marijuana in high school. Then pain pills in college. And his first introduction to rehab. Debi says Brett was in 9 rehabs in 8 years.

One year before he died, Brett gave an interview to his cousin, hoping to help high school students avoid his mistakes.

"I am a heroin addict. But I used everything.  After one rehab I had a year sobriety. I botched that. I have a year now. I just think it's important for people to know."

Important to know how a powerful drug ruined his life...but even after that interview and a year sober, the drug's pull was too strong. Debi says, "I kept telling Brett I'm going to win. You're going to win. Heroin is not going to win. And heroin won."

In March, Brett walked out of rehab for the last time. He overdosed on heroin the following day. Exactly one year to the day after shooting the video and saying this: "It's not a happy life. it's not a fulfilling life. it's important to find purpose in life and on drugs, there is no purpose."