Barbara Eden on Son's Overdose

But Matthew had found a new temptation in the world of bodybuilding: He started injecting steroids. Then, last July, he drove into a gas station where a security camera picked up his truck at about 6:30 p.m. Two and-a-half hours later, he was found slumped over his steering wheel.

"Apparently he had taken a hit of heroin and he hadn't had it in quite a while, I guess," said Eden. "It killed him. It stopped his heart."

In Matthew's truck, investigators found small amounts of heroin, marijuana, anabolic steroids and a syringe.

Eden had been optimistic about her son, she said, "because he was making progress … he was winning the war." Though he lost the war, Eden is determined not to lose hers. She is now dedicated to helping parents who may find themselves in a similar situation.

"I think we have come to a point in our lives now where we have to give up a little bit of that privacy with our children," she said, pointing out that parents may need to get nosy and more involved if they suspect anything. "You get in those drawers. You find out what's going on."

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