VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A Deltona mom is on a mission to ship a life-saving therapy after she misplaced her son to medicine final yr.
Stephanie Smith mentioned her 24-year-old son, Tyler Lynch battled with medicine for years however labored laborious to maintain sober and he was for the final two years. Nevertheless, he died from a drug overdose on March 31, 2019.
“He was a tattoo artist; he was a chef. He cherished life. I by no means thought in one million years that I’d be going by way of this. My son was doing good,” Stephanie Smith mentioned.
Smith mentioned since her son’s dying, she turned her ache into energy and is working with moms by way of her Fb group referred to as “Overdosed a Household Damaged.” Smith is working to distribute free Narcan to households who want it.
“I don’t need every other mother going by way of what I’m going by way of frequently which is waking up understanding your son’s not going to name you,” she mentioned.
She obtained her first donated cargo of Narcan on Wednesday. Narcan is a nasal spray that quickly reverses an opioid overdose.
“Had he had that Narcan, he’d most likely be nonetheless alive at present,” mentioned Smith.
Whereas Smith is licensed to coach and administer the spray, it’s not required in line with Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.
“You’ll be able to simply purchase it over-the-counter. There’s no prescription wanted, there’s no coaching wanted. It’s nostril spray,” he mentioned.
Sheriff Chitwood mentioned Volusia County continues to be within the thick of an opioid disaster and confirmed Information 6 physique digital camera video of deputies responding to drug overdoses. He mentioned after a county-wide push in 2017, each deputy is now geared up with Narcan.
“Final yr presently we had 116 overdose deaths, okay. This yr, we’re at 259 in order that quantity is exponentially rising. I might encourage anyone, in case you have an habit in your life, be certain Narcan is current since you would completely save anyone’s life,” mentioned Sheriff Chitwood.
Smith wholeheartedly agrees.
“I need to save a life. I need to save kids’s life. I need a mother to get up within the morning and say, thank God my little one is alive at present due to the Narcan,” she mentioned.
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