ATLANTA — Like so many thousands of mothers across the nation over the last several years, Jennifer Bryant Hodge lost her son, Robbie, to an accidental overdose of fake Xanax two years ago. But what happened just a few weeks ago has offered comfort to the grieving metro Atlanta mother.
According to her Facebook post, Hodge was watching TV late one recent night with her daughter, Lauren. Through Hodge’s cell phone, her Nest home security system alerted the two women to an intruder in the home’s kitchen. The system captured a ghostly image that, according to both women, looked exactly like Robbie.
Both women ran to the kitchen after seeing the image, to find no one there.
Nest Labs is an American manufacturer of smart home products including thermostats, smoke detectors, and security systems including smart doorbells and smart locks.
Hodge is an executive realtor at Century 21, and a Kennesaw State University graduate, according to her Facebook page. Prior to Robbie’s death, she and her son established a charity to help people battling addiction. Hodge acknowledged her son was battling a heroin addiction.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people in the United States die every day after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids –including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl — is a national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
In the late 1990s, according to the organization, pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical community patients would not become addicted to prescription opioid pain relievers, and healthcare providers began to prescribe them at greater rates. This subsequently led to widespread diversion and misuse of these medications before it became clear that these medications could indeed be highly addictive. Opioid overdose rates then began to increase.
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