Father’s heartbreaking obituary to his opioid addict daughter reveals she ‘lost control of her life’ when she was pushed off a cliff and ‘prescribed liberal doses of opiates’ that led to her losing custody of her four children
- Mom-of-four Megan Webbley, 31, died at a treatment center in New Hampshire last month following an opioid overdose
- Her heartbroken father, Edwin Webbley, has now penned an obituary in local publication Seven Days
- He revealed that Megan’s life turned upside down after she was prescribed painkillers following an accident at the age of 17
- She soon became addicted to opioids and spent more than a decade in and out of prisons and rehab facilities prior to her death
A Vermont father has penned a heartbreaking obituary after his daughter lost her long battle with opioid addiction.
Edwin Webbley composed the piece for Seven Days on Monday – a week after mother-of-four Megan Webbley, 31, died at a treatment center in New Hampshire.
The devastated dad explained that his daughter was a happy-go-lucky teenager who first became exposed to opioids after she was pushed from a ledge while cliff jumping at the age of 17.
In the piece, Edwin stated: ‘Having been rescued by a man in a kayak and EMTs, Megan was being stitched up, and her jaw was wired shut.
‘They suspected a TBI [traumatic brain injury], but when they prescribed her liberal doses of opiates, she lost control of her life.
Mom-of-four Megan Webbley, 31, died at a treatment center in New Hampshire late last month following an opioid overdose
Megan’s father, Edwin, wrote in Seven Days that his daughter was a loving mom who was left devastated when her children were removed from her custody
Edwin explained that his daughter’s increasing dependency on the prescription pills led to her being ‘in and out of rehab — and jail — for the next 14 years’.
The father then used his obituary to call upon government agencies to re-frame the ways in which they are tackling the opioid epidemic wreaking havoc right across the country.
‘I am hoping that the Department for Children and Families rethinks its mission to be the punisher of addicted mothers, the separator of families and the arbiter of children’s futures, and instead embrace a mission of enhanced rehabilitation,’ he passionately wrote.
The grandfather revealed that Megan’s four young children were ‘the light of her dark life’ and the fact that they had been taken out of her care by DCF had left her devastated..
Edwin revealed that Megan’s four young children were ‘the light of her dark life’. She is pictured with her four youngsters on social media
He wrote: ‘As one would guess, once the mother is separated from her children, desperation sets in, even with the brightest and most determined of mothers — and Megan Angelina Webbley was that bright and determined mother.’
Edwin additionally urged ‘enhanced funding for treatment in general’ for people battling with opioid addiction.
While the crisis is causing heartache in all parts of America, Vermont has been one of the worst states affected.
According to Fox News, there were 114 drug overdose deaths involving opioids in Vermont in 2017.
That is a rate of 20.0 deaths per 100,000 persons – far higher than the national rate of 14.6 deaths per 1000,000 persons.
Megan’s life turned upside down when she was first prescribed opioids as a teenager