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February 3, 2013

DEADLY DOPE: Heroin deaths hit Weatherford hard

A story of three local men whose addictions cost them their lives


“This kind of illness, this knows no economic or social status, knows no ethnic status, it is a scourge that is everywhere,” Briggs said, adding that it will continue until the community wakes up to the reality that the problem exists and doesn’t just happen to others.

“It’s too easy in this town to go get things,” his older sister, Tara Briggs said. “I remember him saying that all he has to do is make a phone call.”

“They need to know this is a growing problem in Weatherford and that addiction is a disease - you can treat it but it doesn’t go away,” Kathy Briggs said.

Though she described the local drug addiction problem as overwhelming, Briggs hopes to begin addressing what she sees as a lack of local faith-based programs to help those affected by substance abuse. She had started the process to create a Celebrate Recovery group in connection with her church. 

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