Opioid epidemic hits home for many

LAS VEGAS -

The drug epidemic hits home for many local families. State Senator Patricia Farley is one of them. She's a legislator representing District 8 in the State Senate.

However, she's also fighting a different kind of battle. It's something we don't talk about. We never talk about it out loud or tell friends and it's like our dirty little secret," Farley said. 
She knows all too well about drug addiction. Her brother James has been an addict for years. 

"I had a father who was a devout Catholic and very well educated and he was a single father and just couldn't quite grasp the fact that one of his children had a problem like this," she said. 

James has been hooked on both heroin and methamphetamine. He's been in and out of jail.  

"He doesn't belong in jail. He belongs in recovery. He needs mental health assistance. He needs to be working with CPS. Being in jail only ensures that I can go to bed tonight knowing that he's still alive," Farley said. 

Farley believes there are many problems that the country continues to ignore. Sending drug addicts to jail is one of them.

"We're definitely in the middle of an opioid epidemic and we're treating literally thousands of clients," says David Marlon of Solutions Recovery. "Right now, America incarcerates people who become chemically dependent. That's the primary way we treat this disease."

Farley is getting ready to become a single mother of six. It's something she has been preparing for. She is working to gain custody of her brother's four children. 


 


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