09:56 Monday, 10 September 2018
I’m issuing a personal plea to end the stigma surrounding addiction and a call for action regarding the opioid crisis! pic.twitter.com/Ayxlf43UQm
— Angela Kennecke (@AngelaKennecke) September 5, 2018
TV journalist Angela Kennecke bravely made the decision to share her daughter’s story
A TV news reporter in South Dakota reported on her own daughter’s death last week after the 21-year-old tragically overdosed on fentanyl (a dangerous synthetic drug) – days before a scheduled intervention.
Angela Kennecke bravely chose to share the loss of her 21-year-old daughter Emily Groth, on news station KELO-TV to raise awareness about the alarming trend.
“Because if just one person hears me, if just one person does one thing to save a life, then I don’t care about a million naysayers or people who don’t understand,” Kennecke said in a special segment.
“I just care about that one mother that I can stop from experiencing the pain that I have,” she said.
“I just feel so compelled to let everybody know what happened to my daughter can happen to you. It could happen to your child.” https://t.co/GQzIwOhQVF
— KELOLAND News (@keloland) September 8, 2018
Ms Groth had been struggling with addiction for more than a year before her May 16 death, the station reported.
In the weeks leading up to her daughter’s death, Ms Kennecke said she had begun to notice a series of red flags.
“Everything in my instincts told me something is seriously wrong here,” Kennecke said.
An intervention for Ms Groth was scheduled for May 19.
On average, 155 people in the US die each day from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Kennecke has set up a fund called Emily’s Hope to raise money to pay for treatment for those struggling with drug addiction.