"Painkillers and alcohol. When he drink[s] he drink[s] heavy," said Pageo.
Colby died in Milwaukee January 2, from a suspected heroin overdose. He was 23 years old.
"How do we stop this from happening?" asked reporter Julia Fello. "You cant, you can't," replied Pageo.
The numbers show so far, he's right. From 2013-2015, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports 630 people in Milwaukee County have been killed by prescription painkillers or heroin overdoses.
That's about 21 deaths for every 100,000 people.
From this perspective, you can quickly see Kenosha County is catching up, with about 20 deaths per 100,000 people.
Sheriff David Beth tells TODAY'S TMJ4 he has considered ordering his deputies to stop arresting addicts, because jail is not enough anymore to get them to quit.
"At least in Kenosha, and say we need to help these people rather than arrest them," said Sheriff David Beth, Kenosha County Sheriff's Office.
"Lots of people are dying from this cause, this is a preventable cause of death," said Sara Schreiber, Toxicologist for the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office.
The only county not to spike in five years is Sheboygan. A sergeant with the drug task force tells us he finally pinpointed it may be due to another deadly problem.
"Because of the risk of overdose, people have made the decision to switch to other drugs, particularly, meth," said Sgt. Kurt Zempel, Kenosha Police.
"So that's another issue?" asked reporter Julia Fello. "Certainly," replied Sgt. Zempel.
John Pageo says his message to other parents is to be aware of the signs of drug and alcohol addiction and take action. Something he wishes he would have done before his son died.
"I feel him in me and I live every day with him and he live with me," said Pageo.
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