James Balfour Werner“Jamie”

August 3, 1989 – February 9, 2017
 The James Werner Legacy Project’s mission is to share his story in order to help others who may be suffering from addiction and/or issues concerning mental health. We also intend to provide information regarding the ongoing opioid epidemic, as well as resources for those who are directly affected. We would further like to shatter the taboo that exists around the discussion of these issues.

Bio of Jamie

James Balfour Werner
August 3, 1989 – February 9, 2017
Jamie died at our home in Bethesda from an overdose of fentanyl. He was 27. As his younger brother Stephen said about him, he lived more in those 27 years than most people do in a lifetime…

Listen to Jumpin’ Jim

Jamie’s great friend, Mike Klicos, recorded this song, called “Jumpin’ Jim” in the overnight hours on the night that Jamie died. It was played at the Memorial Gathering and is very special to the Werner family.

Memorial Gathering Videos

Approximately 600 friends and family gathered to express their love for Jamie and to hear several speakers tell stories about him. Click on each speaker to watch his or her speech…

Commemorations and Memories

A bench on the C&O Canal Towpath has been named for Jamie. Jamie, Lauren and Jak used to hike Billy Goat A and would walk by the bench location on their way to begin the hike…

Finding Ways to Deal with Grief

By Deborah Cross Werner
On February 9, 2017, my sweet 27-year old son died of an overdose. The grief has been unbearable. At times I feel that my heart stopped when my son’s heart…

Opioid Education

• Opioids are a class of drugs including prescription painkillers and heroin
• Oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, hydromorphone are all examples of opioid painkillers
• OxyContin, Percocet, Dilaudid, Vicodin and Tylenol 3 (with Codeine) are other…

Rise Up Against Addiction 5K

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, the Werner family organized a team for the Rise Up against Addiction 5K walk at Catholic University. Our team, the James Werner Legacy Team had the most members- 51, and also raised the most money among all non-corporate teams…

Capitol Hill Facebook Live About the Opioid Crisis

Rick and Morgan Werner went to Capitol Hill for a Facebook Live event with several Senators to talk about the Opioid crisis, at about the 56 minute mark in the video…

“Every person is wired differently and understanding that it takes a unique strategy to get the most out of someone is a priceless lesson that I am so thankful I have learned.”
– Jamie Werner