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Funeral homes see spike in business from Ohio's opioid epidemic

Posted at 10:22 AM, Aug 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-25 10:22:00-04

Funeral homes in Northeast Ohio continue to see more families seeking services because of deadly opioid overdoses.

David Moore runs HB Moore Funeral Home in Akron.

“The drug, it changes you. Once you've started, even if you're able to kick the addiction, you're a different person," Moore said.

According to Moore, many families have gone far into debt seeking rehabilitation for users and they often have trouble affording funeral arrangements.

“They sell and do anything for their children — most do,” said Moore. "What am I supposed to say? You can feel for them, comfort them. Most don't plan for their funerals. It’s just something you don't like to think about."

Moore said he sometimes sees loved ones attend calling hours; sometimes people who are also addicted to drugs. Sometimes, days later, they’ve needed his services.

“You can tell those that have dabbled and those that do not. And then we'll bury those kids,” said Moore. "If you continue on that path, you're going to be in the same position that they are, and you just can't stop. No one's promised tomorrow."