His mechanic job and another as a handyman at a Philadelphia monastery.
A piece of his skull, in a car accident that nearly killed him. His girlfriend, to an overdose, while he was in jail.
Between mid-November and mid-December, 70 people died of drug overdoses.
Cozzone died of a heroin overdose in November, and his sister Brittany who had always been proud to show him her art, painted his portrait for the service.
On a Saturday night in November, Christian Cozzone finally told his mother that he could not hold out any longer. And Danielle Lepori cried as she folded his laundry in the basement.
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His apartment in a trailer park, and the chair and the space heater that by the end were all that was left inside it. In the car, driving him home from prison the day after Halloween, Danielle was optimistic, Christian was realistic.
He worried he wasn't ready, but she promised him help anyway, as she always did.
He was 24, still babyfaced, with sad, sweet eyes, and he had two babies of his own.
He'd always been sensitive, prone to depression, and drawn to the drugs that eased it. I would do insane things to make myself un-sick," he wrote.
Those are staggering numbers to begin with — but here they represent a brief respite from the spring and summer, when nearly 100 people were dying from opioid overdoses each month.
"If we can avoid going up to 1,500 deaths," Sam Gulino, the city medical examiner, said earlier this year, "that will be a victory in itself." A painting of Christian Cozzone, 24, is displayed at his memorial service in December.
"We sit out here and tell people to get help, and most of them are like, 'I'm on this waiting list.' There's just not enough resources." Some come in having hid the secret of their heroin use, like the auto mechanic who died in a rented room in Kensington that was decorated only with a photo of his late mother. By September, 953 people had died of overdoses in Philadelphia, about 85 percent of them from opioids. The city's plight has drawn national attention, for the depth of the crisis and the efforts of its citizens to meet it — from frontline workers in Kensington, where the epidemic is most visible and the misery most acute, to City Hall, where officials mull harm-reduction efforts that once seemed radical.