From Heroin To Hope

I am Mann Spitler. My wife, Phyllis, and I lost our 20-year-old daughter, Manda, when she injected herself with a lethal dose of heroin on March 30, 2002.

Since December of 2002, I have told Manda's Story to every public and private group that has invited me. The purpose of verbally detailing her addiction and subsequent death is to prevent drug abuse and addiction. As much as I would like to personally protect every young person from addiction to drugs, I can't. But, Manda's Story can help them protect themselves. It also stimulates parents to take the specific actions needed to protect their children.

Manda's Story has the power to change life-threatening behavior and I remain committed to telling it. Please contact me to arrange for this compelling presentation. It may save a life.

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Manda Spitler

Manda Spitler

"Dear Dr. Spitler… When you were telling us everything you had told your daughter, you reminded me of my father. He's always telling me what and who to look out for, and he's always on my back about things. He gets a bit aggravating when he keeps repeating himself about things I need to be aware of. And, like your daughter, I'd say, 'Dad! I know. I can take care of myself.' He says, 'No', I don't know, and continues to tell me these things every day. I thought he was just being annoying, but from your story, I understood a bit more what's going through his head. He just wants me to make the right decisions in my life and stay out of trouble. Your story touched me a lot and I thank you for telling us. I'm going to give my dad a big hug when I get home!! " J .H.