BATON ROUGE, LA. (WAFB) – Advocates are sounding the alarm after one other child dies from a drug overdose within the Baton Rouge space.
In line with Baton Rouge Police, 40-year-old Tiffany Thomason was arrested and charged with manslaughter within the homicide of her younger son.
In line with the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Workplace, his loss of life was the results of a fentanyl overdose.
Officers imagine that is the third child to die from an overdose inside a yr.
“I’m outraged by that. I am disgusted with it. The shortage of concern for human life is unforgivable,” stated Angele Mixon.
Mixon misplaced their daughter, Kailyn Kaough, to fentanyl poisoning in February 2021. She was solely 26 years outdated.
Mixon has ‘Nonetheless I Rise’ tattooed on his forearm in honor of his kids.
“My daughter has precisely this tattooed on her arm. This can be a quote by Maya Angelou. It is extremely pricey to me. Some days do not occur as quick as I would like, however they must hold taking place,” stated Mixon.
Mixon stated there needs to be extra stress on lawmakers and prosecutors to handle the fentanyl downside across the metropolitan space.
She believes the important thing to cleansing up the streets begins with holding drug sellers extra accountable.
“We wish to change the legislation, we wish to change something we will, we wish to advocate for people who find themselves environment friendly and dumb. These poor youngsters cannot communicate for themselves. Their lives have been over earlier than they even began,” stated Mixon.
A latest examine discovered that greater than 108,000 folks nationwide died from fentanyl poisoning in 2021.
That is extra folks than Tiger Stadium can accommodate.
Lilly Harvey stated, “It is like taking casualties in an entire struggle.
Harvey runs a company referred to as ‘Millie Mattered’, a gaggle devoted to elevating consciousness about overdose and habit.
The group was named in honor of Harvey’s daughter Millie, who additionally died of fentanyl poisoning.
She believes that one other huge key to curbing this downside is training.
“That is what we wish. That is what we want. We would like our message to succeed in the group and unfold to the streets,” stated Harvey.
Harvey and Mixon agree that advocacy work is tough, however they’re decided to avoid wasting as many lives as attainable.
“These youngsters want a voice. It can’t be my voice, your voice, or the voice of my neighbour. We should always all be one group. We have to get collectively and rise up and allow them to know I am not going to have it. We can’t have it. So no matter must be completed to ensure that is completed,” stated Mixon.
The Substance Abuse and Psychological Well being Companies Administration operates a toll-free, confidential hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. That quantity is 1-800-487-4889.
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