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Jon Bon Jovi on his Daughter’s Heroin Overdose Scare

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 Singing legend, Jon Bon Jovi experienced the worst night of his life and the “worst moment as a father” back in November of 2012 when his daughter Stephanie Bongiovi overdosed on heroine in her college dorm room.

Jon Bon Jovi with daughter Stephanie Bongiovi
Jon Bon Jovi with daughter Stephanie Bongiovi


A few months after that devastating phone call, Jon Bon Jovi opened up about his daughter’s heroin overdose. Until then he hadn’t said much about the instance. In a Katie Couric interview back in March he began to speak about the night that he learned about his daughter’s demons and how it caught up to her in her Hamilton College dorm room, explaining it as the “worst phone call ever.” At 2 a.m. he was awaken from his sleep with a phone call about his daughter Stephanie that she had overdosed on heroine.

He not only learned that night that she had overdosed but he also learned for the first time that she was using heroine at all. “The problem is much more prevalent than I know,” the 51-year-old dad/rocker said. “I cannot get over how many people I’ve met that said ‘my son’ or ‘my daughter’ … There is a lot of pressure on kids these days. She’s doing great and I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers,” he said and added, “I’m just blessed she’s healthy and whole, and we’ll get through it.”

His daughter was then arrested on misdemeanor charges with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and criminally using drug paraphernalia.  The charges were eventually dropped. Bon Jovi wanted to clarify, “She was by no means sticking needles in her arms. But there’s a lot of synthetic stuff in the world and a lot of temptation and access and pressures that just a generation ago you and I didn’t know about.”

“I feel it was a terrible tragic lesson of life but I thank God every day because she is whole. It happened and it has gone. I know personally people whose sons and daughters, where it was a lot, lot worse. That could have been Stephanie.” He said about his only daughter.

A few weeks after it happened, Bon Jovi made his first public statement regarding the overdose incident. “I’m shocked as much as the next parent with this situation and had no idea. But then you surround them with best help and love and move on, and that’s where we’re at with it. Steph is a great kid.”


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