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Averill Park community discuss heroin problem
AVERILL PARK -- Rage
Against Alcohol and Drugs held its first monthly meeting since school began
Tuesday as community members work to raise awareness of the dangers of heroin.
Heroins use has been on the rise among teens. There have been several overdoses and some fatalities in the hamlet, including Jeremiah Lyman.
"Until the day he died he was laughing, joking. It was unexpected and it sucks and I would do anything to have him back," said Jessica Lyman, Jeremiah's younger sister. "Every day I go through missing my brother, wishing he was here with me and now I don't have him because of one stupid decision he made and now all I have is pictures and memories when I could have my brother."
Lyman, her mother and Jeremiahs girlfriend, Kate Gagnon, attended Tuesdays meeting to share their story about heroins impact.
Gagnon was once an addict and has been clean for nearly five months. She now spends her time warning teens and young adults about the dangers of heroin.
"With heroin, me and Jeremiah were snorting it. We didn't even understand what we were doing we just called it dope like everyone else called it and when he died that's when it hit me okay we're doing heroin, this isn't a game," said Gagnon.
Gagnon also warned parents about the lying that comes with drug use and encouraged them to be relentless.
"If you use drugs, you lie because that's your baby. You don't want anyone to get in the way of you and that high," said Gagnon.
Jeremiah had been telling his family he wasn't using drugs. Hours before he died he admitted to his mother he had been using and failed a home drug test she asked him to take.
"At first we knew he was lying and then it got to the point that he could look at us with a straight face and say I'm not doing it what are you talking about and the last text message I got from him says I haven't done drugs in four months what are you talking about?'" recalled Lyman.
October will mark one month since Jeremiahs death. The family is now working on healing and hopes to save other families from feeling their pain.
"Even though I've never done it and I never will it's ruined my life in more ways than one," said Lyman. "I have to live very day knowing that when my parents pass away I'm not going to have an older brother to be there with me. My kids aren't going to have an uncle and it sucks...it really sucks."
RAAD will meet again on October 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Algonquin Middle School.