Vickie Glatfelter, co-founder of Not One More's York chapter (Photo by Paul Chaplin for Our York Media)

Vickie Glatfelter: Healing by helping

When Vickie Glatfelter’s son died of a fentanyl overdose in 2014, she coped with the pain the only way she knew how – helping others who were going through the same situation.

Written by: Anthony Machcinski
Vickie Glatfelter, co-founder of Not One More's York chapter, poses with a picture of her son Bob. (Photo by Paul Chaplin for Our York Media)

Vickie Glatfelter got the worst news of her life on April 23, 2014.

A Northern York County Regional police officer knocked on her door and said her 28-year-old son Bob was fighting for his life in Philadelphia.

When she and her husband arrived at the hospital, doctors were keeping Bob’s heart beating, but there was no brain activity. Doctors asked if they wanted to sign a do not resuscitate order.

“As a mother, that was one of the hardest things to do,” Vickie says. “It’s a vision I’ll never forget, seeing your child with tubes and machines breathing for him.”

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At first, Vickie didn’t know there was a problem. Bob was studying to be an electrician, working full time and beginning a family.

When his son Keylin was born, they found out he was autistic. Around the same time, Bob started experimenting with prescription drugs.

“I think everything in general became too much,” Vickie says. “They helped to take away everyday life stress.”

I knew there had to be other people besides me that were struggling.

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Vickie Glatfelter

He later turned to heroin. Bob and his parents sought treatment, but it didn’t work.

Weeks after exiting a rehabilitation facility, Vickie got the knock on her door. Her son overdosed on fentanyl.

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Vickie found an outlet for her pain in Not One More, a nonprofit based in California that helps those struggling with addiction. She still copes with the loss. Sometimes, just seeing a glimpse of her grandson will stop her in her tracks.

“I knew there had to be other people besides me that were struggling,” Vickie says. “I wanted to do something in my community and try to make a difference.”

In 2014, Vickie and Alyssa Rohrbaugh co-founded the York chapter of Not One More. Beyond being an advocacy group, Not One More distributes Narcan throughout York County, helps addicts find resources for treatment, and runs a family meeting where people can come in and share their stories.

Not One More won’t bring Bob back, but it’s given her solace to help others.

“This has actually helped me heal tremendously,” Vickie says. “I wish I would’ve had that person when I went through what I went through, so it’s rewarding to be that person for others.”

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