Content warning: This story contains details of drug overdose that some readers may find triggering.
Sunday mornings for Becky Savage usually involved washing. Lots of it.
When Becky quietly tiptoed into her 18-year-old son Jack’s room to gather his laundry on Sunday the 14th of June, 2015, she watched him for a moment as he slept. He looked like an angel.
Gently she went to wake him. Those next few moments still haunt her to this day.
“Jack was lifeless … lifeless as I picked him up and placed him on the floor and started CPR … lifeless as I ran to get my cell phone and call 911 … lifeless when the paramedics got there and took over,” the nurse recalled to Today of when she realised Jack hadn’t been asleep that morning.
“I remember hollering for [my other son] Nick, for him to come up, and how he never came. I cannot even begin to describe the numbness that took over me. They are the worst feelings I have ever felt in my life.”
Watching paramedics pump up and down on Jack’s chest, Becky didn’t think things could possibly get worse. But they did.
Minutes later, one of the paramedics working on Jack ran downstairs into the basement of their Granger, Indiana home.
"I had no idea at that point what they were doing in our basement. And then I remember one of them coming up and asking for a coroner. That's the last thing that I remember that day," Becky told CNN.
Unbeknown to Becky, a second 911 call had been made, this one for her eldest son Nick. His friends who'd slept over downstairs had woken up that morning to find the 19-year-old wasn't breathing.
In one night, Becky lost two of her sons because of one bad decision they'd made together.