On Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, Gregory Michael McPartlin, Jr. lost his battle with Opioid addiction.
Gregory had a passion for caring for people, starting at a young age. As a young boy, he took pride in taking care of his sister Maggie when she was just a baby. Growing up, he always found a bond with kids with special needs and made an effort to make them feel included. As a young adult, he volunteered with the Miracle League of San Diego, coaching disabled kids and adults in softball.
His love of people transcended into a career of personal training, Neuromuscular Therapy, and various forms of healing. He studied Kinesiology, was a NASM certified personal trainer, and at 33 years old, he was growing his business in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego.
His clients ranged from professional athletes to everyday people who just wanted to learn how to deal with their pain. Gregory himself was a bodybuilder and was passionate about health and wellness. But sadly, while Gregory did his best to help the people around him, he was suffering silently with an opioid addiction.
Gregory’s family has chosen to open up about this disease as a means of honoring his life. Gregory would want to warn anyone about the dangers of prescription pills and other opioids. Addiction is a disease that can happen to anyone, and far more people struggle with it than we realize.
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In Gregory’s case, he tried over and over to quit. His autopsy shows the opioids he took were laced with the deadly fentanyl, resulting in instant death from overdose. This drug is up to 100 times stronger than other opioids, and the number of deaths due to this strain is on the rise. The death toll has doubled in San Diego this year alone.
Fentanyl is often used to make the intended drug stronger and even more addictive, and it typically only ends when the addict ends up dead. The source of these drugs is being investigated by the DEA, in hopes of saving lives. The dealer who sold my son opioids laced with fentanyl without his knowledge is now wanted for murder.
Gregory is survived by his mother, Holly, his sisters Jessica and Maggie, his niece Langley and his half siblings. Gregory was most proud of his father, Greg McPartlin Sr., a former Navy Seal who opened McPs Irish Pub in 1982. Greg tragically passed away of cancer in 2018, less than two years before his son’s death. The family is at peace knowing that the two have reunited, and neither is in pain any longer.
Gregory was an amazing person who deserved a life he won’t get the chance to live. He’ll never get married or have kids when that was all he wanted, more people to love and care for. The families hope in being transparent about Gregory’s struggle is to help people understand the increased depravity of these dangerous drugs, particularly fentanyl.
Pretending addiction isn’t happening doesn’t make it go away. Society often shames addicts as if they chose that disease. Our healthcare system provides prescriptions they don’t need so they can sell them and buy the drugs they are addicted to. Any person struggling with addiction needs and deserves empathy and support in order to overcome it. Not to feel ashamed and suffer silently alone. We encourage you to have these conversations with the people you love. It could save a very special life.