Bravely, a retired Pocahontas County physician wrote a heart-rending account of how her two daughters died of drug overdoses.
“I have lost two of my three children to this unimaginable nightmare. … Where did I fail my two beautiful daughters?” Dr. Pat Browning wrote for the Greenbrier County Care Coalition, and her testimony was reprinted in The Pocahontas Times.
She described how her oldest, Ariana, suffered emotional troubles and was diagnosed as bipolar.
“Once when she was 13, a neighbor told me she smelled marijuana smoke coming from our porch.” Later, the mother realized that Ariana used drugs to help “quiet those racing thoughts.”
The physician added, “The combination of bipolar disorder and drug abuse is often deadly. She died of a drug overdose at the age of 23.”
Her other daughter, Izzi, struggled through rehab at detox clinics in Ohio and Florida, but finally suffered a fatal overdose at age 31.
Dr. Browning expressed hope that, someday, “medical science will find a cure for this terrible brain disease.” Until then, she