May 30, 2017

"Last week, Franklin County’s Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board announced it will provide $1 million for a two-year program to provide rehabilitation, mental health and other services for overdose patients."

This is such a joy to hear! I wish Shelby County could hav...

May 25, 2017

This story touched me so deeply. I cannot even fathom what the families are going through at this moment. It is so amazing that this gentle soul selflessly helped others in a great time of need. What is also amazing is the community coming together to help this angel o...

May 20, 2017

This story gives me mixed emotions. On one hand, it's a great and noble thing this boy did. He may have saved his fathers life as well as his own and possibly several heroin addicts' lives. Yet, I feel so sad for this poor child that he was put in that situation.

No chi...

May 18, 2017

My friend Gena shared an interesting link and tagged me in the post. I watched in awe and wonder and thought to myself, 'Wow! Could WE do this?' The hopeful side of me was very excited at the prospect of turning our drug epidemic around but the cynical side of me has z...

May 18, 2017

One of the local news channels here in Memphis contacted me about doing an interview for their piece on opioid addiction. Of course I was definitely on board! Part of the news story will talk about the Phone of the Spirit at St. John's Methodist Church on the corner of...

May 18, 2017

Every single day there is a news story about heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and overdoses.

Here are just a few examples of the latest in the news of opioids:

Heroin business is booming...  

Or is it? 

Can't touch this! 

Enough to kill an elephant... 


May 16, 2017

It is so important to be open and honest with your kids about things that could potentially harm them.

My kids know the dangers of drugs, especially heroin, because of losing their brother. I've been very open and honest with them about all of it.

Today, we had to fill...

May 12, 2017

Shelby volunteered at Catholic Charities one summer. It was during a time when he was immersed in his faith. He was very devoted to the Catholic Church and was passionate about helping those in need.

I remember dropping him off a lot of times and he was so eager to get...

May 10, 2017

Tipton county is the next county north of Shelby county. Tipton county used to be the place to move to when you wanted to get out of the city and move to the country. It was a place where neighbors were kind and generous. They took care of one another. 

It's really sad...

May 8, 2017

"When we left to drive to the cemetery on one of the straight stretches I stopped counting at 40 cars behind us. I was blown away. She had touched so many lives in just 21 years.”
This sounds like something I have said about my child. I know this mother's pain. Through...

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