Tampa Bay area dad writes song inspired by daughter’s drug addiction

Jeff Peterson, left, wrote a song about his daughter, Jesse, who is in rehab, trying to beat a prescription drug addiction.

Clearwater, Fla. (WFLA) – The song is called “Choice.” At the Castaway Music studios in Clearwater, Jeff Peterson worked with a studio engineer to tweak it. “I’ve known several people that have lost ones due to drug addiction or alcoholism or just mainly making the wrong choices,” Peterson said.

Missy Peterson tells her daughter’s story at Tampa Bay area schools.
Missy Peterson tells her daughter’s story at Tampa Bay area schools.

He wrote the song about his daughter, Jesse, who is in a drug rehab center, trying to shake an addiction to prescription medications. “I’m hoping that somebody that is having a problem listens to this song and decides to make the right choices instead of the wrong one,” Peterson said.

Jesse’s mother gets emotional every time she hears “Choice.”

She tells her daughter’s story at area schools. ”At a very young age, Jesse was 14 and she was experimenting with drugs. And spice and K2 happened to be the drug of choice and then she moved on to regular pot and marijuana,” Missy Peterson said.

Jesse went on powerful narcotics.

Jeff Peterson will perform the song he wrote about his daughter at a vigil in Largo next Thursday.
Jeff Peterson will perform the song he wrote about his daughter at a vigil in Largo next Thursday.

Jeff Peterson will sing the song during the Largo “NOPE” vigil next Thursday. NOPE stands for Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is also involved.

He has dreams of more. ‘I’d like to see it go worldwide so everybody can listen to it and make the right choices,” Peterson said.

From rehab, Jesse delivered a message for young people. “Don’t every walk in her shoes because addition is a long road,” her mother relayed.

 

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