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Letter: Fighting scourge of drug overdose deaths

Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 11:43 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Many DeKalb County residents do not know that drug overdose is a national epidemic.

On Sept. 29, 2013, I lost my son to a heroin overdose. After his death, I made it a personal goal to reach out to the DeKalb County community and bring awareness to our county.

To help raise awareness of addiction and drug overdose, I am organizing a public forum. National Drug Overdose Day is Aug. 31. Complete details on the venue for this event will be announced very soon. 

Together we can raise awareness, and help direct and assist families living with those who suffer from the disease of addiction. 

Many families are scared or ashamed. Many don’t know where to seek help or support.  Many have no medical insurance or funds to seek help. Many don’t know the signs of addition or overdose.

Addiction is found in all walks of life, and affects our friends, relatives, and neighbors. I want to eradicate drug overdoses by doing whatever is needed to educate and assist others and do my best to save even one life. 

Brenda Jergens

Malta

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