"I Spent $1 Million on Drugs" - The Devin Price Story

August 08, 2018

Discover real-life stories of everyday people taking back their lives.

Ohio as the Epicentre of the Opioid Epedemic.

The Stand Up Speak Up Podcast, hosted by SUSU founder and CEO Karla Stephens-Tolstoy, is a look at those stories we don't often hear told in mainstream media.

In this series, we follow the stories of Ohio natives and son and mother, Devin and Linda Price as they give an honest look into the nature of addiction and how it can affect a family and be passed from generation to generation.

Ohio drug overdose deaths have gone up 39% in the last year and are three times higher than the average in the US.
Drug overdoses killed more than 4300 people in Ohio in 2016.

 

Episode 45: I Spent $1 Million on Drugs - The Devin Price Story Part 1

Devin Price blames nobody but himself for the direction his life took. As a kid, Devin thought his childhood was fairly normal. His dad ran off and his mother became addicted to drugs, but Devin’s grandparents did their best to provide a stable, loving home.
 
By 17, Devin had gotten into harder drugs, both selling and dealing. But that was only the beginning. 
 
In the coming years, Devin would get an underage girl pregnant, commit crimes, spend time in rehab and jail, make meth, start an escort service, and eventually land himself a serious prison sentence. 
 
Looking back, it seemed that Devin had plenty of skills, they were simply misused. Now, at 29, Devin is still young, and recently out of prison. He’s clean, has a new outlook on life, and is ready to share his story. 
 
In this series, Devin takes us through his life from beginning to now, as we hear his story and follow his progress trying to stay clean and get back on his feet.

Episode 46: I Spent $1 Million on Drugs - The Devin Price Story Part 2

Devin Price blames nobody but himself for the direction his life took. As a kid, Devin thought his childhood was fairly normal. His dad ran off and his mother became addicted to drugs, but Devin’s grandparents did their best to provide a stable, loving home.
 
By 17, Devin had gotten into harder drugs, both selling and dealing. But that was only the beginning. 
 
In the coming years, Devin would get an underage girl pregnant, commit crimes, spend time in rehab and jail, make meth, start an escort service, and eventually land himself a serious prison sentence. 
 
At the end of Part 1, Devin had just been pulled over by police, with a car full of drugs, and contemplated suicide in that moment. He faced a long list of charges, all which carried a maximum sentence of life in prison.
 
Fortunately, Devin didn’t spend that long behind bars. At 29, he’s still young, recently out of prison, has a new outlook on life, a job, and is taking things one day at a time. 
 
Hear how Devin dealt with prison and kept clean, what’s motivating him to stay away from drugs and alcohol now, and some inspiring words for other people who may find themselves in a similar situation.

Episode 47: 2 Generations of Pain & Addiction: The Linda Price Story

When Linda Price graduated high school, her dream of the perfect life was with a home, a baby, and a husband. 
 
These all eventually came to fruition, but not in the way she had imagined. 
 
An unfulfilling childhood led to Linda seeking love in the wrong places, getting involved with multiple abusive men, and becoming addicted to drugs. She was always on the run, trying to escape life. After becoming pregnant with Devin, who was featured in our past 2 episodes, all Linda wanted was to give him the love and care she never had.
 
Sadly, she struggled with this, too, and would later give Devin the painful apology that “the drug was more important than you were.” 
 
From times of using drugs together to Linda refusing to take her only son in when he had nowhere else to go, their lives have been an emotional rollercoaster. 
 
With the mother and son now sober, living under the same roof, and Devin getting his life on track after finishing his prison sentence, we conclude the Price family series with a happy ending and positive outlook. Linda now has the son she always hoped she could raise.
 
To persevere through so many challenges in life is truly inspirational, and we thank Devin and Linda for sharing their stories.



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