Heroin-related overdose deaths have more than quadrupled since 2010.
Among new heroin users, approximately three out of four report having abused prescription opioids prior to using heroin.
"DoItForShelby was started in memory of Franklin Shelby Simmons.
Shelby was a brilliant, funny, and compassionate young man. Yet Shelby was lost to a heroin/fentanyl overdose in Memphis, TN on March 7th, 2017.
Shelby’s father, Sheperd, authored a beautiful obituary. He concluded on a request: “Please pray hard for an end to the epidemic of heroin.” That request led to a radio interview with his mother on the Drake in the Morning show on March 31st, 2017.
Helping Mimi to prepare for the interview led family and friends to resources that we wish we had found when Shelby was still with us. Information not only on where to get help, but on just how deep this issue goes in our community.
We have compiled those resources here for anyone in need.
Admitting you have an addiction is so hard to do. Loving someone who is addicted is conflicted and heartbreaking. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please get help."
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