Tears, candles mark memorial to lives lost to addiction
Several people packed Wasilla's My House on Friday night to remember lives lost to addiction around the state.
"You people have been there for me, since the very beginning of this thing when I didn't know what I was going to do," said John Green.
"Our daughter, she was a loving individual that suffered trauma" John said. "And that led her down a path to self-medicating, which led her to heroin."
Since Kellsie's death, John has helped create the Mat-Su Opioid Task Force.
My House Executive Director Michelle Overstreet is another one of the founders of the task force.
"We lost 11 to overdose in 2016," she said. "It was a huge ripple affect across the community that was just brutal."
Overstreet says one person from My House died from an overdose in 2017; there were none the next year; and two people had overdoses in 2019.
"It's really hard. You think you're doing all the right things, and really you are doing all the right things, and the truth is that we can't save them all," Overstreet said.
But she and others believe coming together like they did Friday, will help save more lives than they lose to addiction.
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