So far this year, the opioid crisis has been a deadly epidemic in North Alabama. The Not One More organization in Alabama held its second annual 'End Heroin in Huntsville' walk.
This comes after Mayor Tommy Battle signed a proclamation declaring August 18, 2018 'End Heroin Day.' Not One More supports families who's lives have been impacted from drug abuse.
They said many people take opioid for pain after an injury. The drug makes them feel good but eventually, they want something stronger. Many take heroin as a drug of choice because it's cheap and accessible.
"She had something within her. I used to tell her all the time, use your power for good girl because she had a power," said Cindy League.
Cindy League lost her daughter Alexis Perreault three years ago from a drug overdose. But it was something the family kept a secret until a year ago.
"It was very painful but it was very needed," League said.
League said Perreault was an honors student but became addicted to drugs in grade school, eventually, she got into heroin.
"It was so strong and it had such a control over her life. She said there was no hope and this is what she has to do," League said.
By the time League saw something was wrong with her daughter it was too late.
"She used to tell me, 'mom, you don't know what I've done.' I told her, 'I don't care what you've done," League said.
Not One More in Alabama told WAAY 31 From January 1, 2018 to August 5th HEMSI responded to 2 drug overdose calls a day. So far they've had to resuscitate 232 people with Narcan.
In Madison County so far there have been 46 drug overdose deaths. Roy Antonio Hampton died in February.
"I knew something was going on from his weight loss and everything," said Crystal Davis.
Hampton was like a brother to Crystal Davis. She said in 2010 he started to take painkillers after he was stabbed. Eventually, he wanted heroin because it was stronger. He went to rehab.
"He was finally beating it. Then he had a relapse and it took him from us," Davis said.
Davis, League and others are now able to share their stories and encourage each other.
Davis now uses Perreault's clothing to make 'Lexi bears' out of. It gives her friends and family comfort.
"This is one of the original Lexi bears. It's made out of her pajama pants and her robe. This isn't just for our families, but for hundreds of families out there in memory of their past loved one," Davis said.
Cindy League also shared with WAAY 31 that by the time Perreault became sober, her friend influenced her to do drugs again. Two weeks later, she died.
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