Danny Adamczyk's Story

The Pain Begins...

Danny Adamczyk was working for Rural Metro Ambulance when a suspect running from the Buffalo Police pushed Danny down a flight of stairs injuring his back.
Christine Adamczyk says her son turned to pain management care instead of surgery. Danny was prescribed pain pills, sleeping pills, and anti-depression pills.

An Addiction Forms...

Soon after, Danny became addicted to the copious amounts of pills. 
Chris says her son stole her jewelry, the family’s Northface jackets, Ugg boots, and even his parent’s credit card information.
“They were sending him credit cards in the mail, and he was able to go online, get a pin number and then he was able to go to ATMs and take cash advances out.  We were well over $100,000 in debt because of our son’s drug addiction,” she says.
The addiction later led to his arrest in the Town of Amherst. When she and her husband went to the police station to bail Danny out, the police said he was shooting heroin.
“My husband literally fell against the wall and slid down the wall.  I thought he was having a heart attack.”
The next day she confronted Danny in the courthouse urging him to show her his arms.
“Oh my God, his arms.  I was like what the hell has been going on? As a parent, I slapped him so hard in the face, and I walked away from him because he was lying. It’s amazing what kids would do when they are looking for that next fix.”


Danny went to drug court in the Town of Clarence and his family thought he was turning his life around.  But, six months later he overdosed and he started from square one.
This time he stayed clean for 20 months and was working hard to get his life back on track.
“He worked full time, and he was the store’s front manager at Burlington (Coat Factory), and he really was getting his life back – but it’s really tough.”
On March 30th of 2017, Danny relapsed again.  He thought he was pushing heroin, but it turned out to be straight Fentanyl.
“We found him in our downstairs bathroom. I just wish I knew why he did it, being that he was sober for 20 months – he had nothing in his system,” Chris says.
Through the pain of losing her child, she uses that as motivation to teach young people about the dangers of pain pills and addiction.
“That’s what gets me moving every day. Talking, doing orientations and telling children to stay away from pain pills and take Motrin and not go see pain management doctors.”