X Reports on One Mother's Mission to End Ohio Heroin Crisis

Saturday, September 10, 2016 General News J E 4
As the recent spike in Ohio heroin overdoses plays out across international headlines, one woman, who lost her son to the drug two years ago, is quietly continuing her personal mission to reach kids with the truth about drugs.

HILLIARD, Ohio, Sept. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- "What in your life is so bad that you had to go to heroin?" Gretchen Addison asked her son Tyler. "Mom, it's not that," he said. "I had no idea what I was getting into."

These words haunted Addison after Tyler, 21, died of a heroin overdose in 2014.

As much as she wanted to hate Tyler's friend who sold him his fatal dose, she couldn't because of her Christian faith—the faith that sustained her while she searched for something to fill the void in her life.

Deciding to make sure kids have the information that would have saved Tyler, she visits Central Ohio schools, using the Truth About Drugs curriculum of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World.

"I am very grateful for God's mercy and grace to allow me to be a part, however small, in these young people's lives," she told the Foundation after one of her lectures.

One young woman who was abusing Percocet told her, "After your story, I'm stopping drugs." She has been clean for several months now. Her mother wasn't as fortunate. She has since died of an overdose. "If it hadn't been for your presentation, I'd be gone," the girl told Addison later.

A tough-looking teen with an ankle monitor (he was on parole), came over in tears to tell her, "I will never touch this stuff ever."

Ohio is in a heroin crisis. Nearly 300 overdoses have been reported around Cincinnati since August 19. There were 247 overdoses and 21 deaths in Akron in the month of July.

"The Truth About Drugs in the hands of people like Gretchen can prevent so many heartbreaks and save so many futures," says Bari Berger, Humanitarian Programs Coordinator for the Church of Scientology International, which supports the Foundation and provides its educational materials free of charge to anyone wishing to use them. "Getting the Truth About Drugs materials out in the community can mean the difference between life and death."

Related Images





Related Video


This content was issued through the press release distribution service at For more info visit:

To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:




You May Also Like

View All

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
I agree to the terms and conditions
Gerresheimer to Sell Life Science Research Busines...
QIAGEN Comments on Preliminary Injunction and Conf...