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Heroin addiction is taking its toll on a number of Tri-State neighborhoods.
Now some mothers are fighting back against the drug that is claiming lives and destroying families. A Butler County rally planned for August 2 is designed to bring awareness to heroin addiction. Organizers are hoping for about 300 people to line High Street in downtown Hamilton in the afternoon.
There will be mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, children and friends taking to the streets to declare war on heroin.
"Lets protest, let's let them know we're tired of this, we're here now" Candy Murray Abbott and Tammie Norris are making posters for tomorrow's rally and their message is clear. "Heroin is here and it's not gonna go anywhere unless we stop it," Abbot, an organizer of the event, said.
Candy and Tammie have been friends since childhood. Today these mothers have children who have been hooked on heroin. Tammie's daughter is in jail on a heroin possession charge. She now cares for her grandson while his mother is behind bars. A friend had a daughter die of a heroin overdose
"It's not just, the addict, it's the mother and brother, sister and father, grandmother, everyone is affected by this drug" Norris, another organizer, said. Candy's son has been clean for a little more than a month. She not only wants to educate, she wants agencies to provide more treatment for addicts. Both women say they have just begun to fight. "If I lose Danielle tomorrow, or she loses Jesse, we aren't gonna stop, because it's more than just our kids, it's about our grandkids." Candy says a conversation with her son prompted her to wage war on heroin. "I dont want to die, I don't want my family to die, and as of today I've got my son back and I'm going to do everything I can to keep him."
The mothers have formed a support group called "Heroin Control."
They have scheduled a rally for tomorrow afternoon on High Street in downtown Hamilton from one until four.