On Friday March 6th, I was once again witness to the beauty and tenderness of the human condition. As I struggle daily with the loss of Aaron to heroin, and I continue the march toward saving other lives, I am privileged to be in a community that cares.
Despite the distance and the difficult subject matter, friends, family, and strangers gathered to raise money and awareness in the fight against this NEW HEROIN EPIDEMIC engulfing our state and nation.
Hosted by Walhill Farm Restaurant and dear friend Peter Hillenbrand, Overdose-Lifeline, Inc. held a fundraiser to support naloxone distribution in Southeast Indiana. The crowd was a perfect mix of Overdose-Lifeline Board Members, individuals who have been affected by heroin and suffered a loss, individuals who wanted to know more, friends and family who support the work we do, and the Emcee of the evening, CBS4 Chief Meteorologist, Chris Wright.
We are particularly grateful that elected officials Senator Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), Senator Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg), and Representative Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville), attended and spoke about Aaron's Law, SB 406. Introduced by Senator Merritt and Co- Sponsored by Senator Leising, the bill is now in the House where is it sponsored by Representative Ziemke and Representative Jud McMillin (not pictured).
Over seventy people filled The Barn as we talked, shed tears, had a delicious meal, and got one step closer to stopping heroin from taking another life. I talked with a grandmother concerned for her young grandson whose mother is addicted to pain medication. The grandma never knew it was so easy to get addicted to opioids. I met another mother advocate from the southern part of the state who, like me, lost her son in 2013.
We were able to provide information to those who weren't fully aware of the devastation that is over taking our young people. Finally, we showcased the new Heroin Education Project to prevent young people from trying this dangerous drug - stay tuned for more details as this project unfolds.
Thank you for helping Aaron's death matter and for the contribution you make to Overdose-Lifeline, Inc.
An extra special thanks to our host Walhill Farm for their generous support. www.walhillfarm.com