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One Mom’s Crusade Against Drug Overdoses

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Summit, New Jersey (My9NJ) - For Jill LaZare Mother’s Day is now a very painful time after she lost her daughter Brooke to a heroin overdose two years ago. This year was particularly hard because Mother’s Day fell on her late daughter’s birthday.

“It’s almost all I think about, how much I miss her. I don’t think I have a moment of any day since she’s dead where I don’t miss her terribly or I don’t think about her and it’s impossible to understand what that means unless you lose a child,” she explained while holding back tears.

LaZare has now decided to use her overwhelming grief to be an advocate for other parents and children so that they don’t end up suffering the same fate.

“After Brooke died I have become very active in getting the Good Samaritan Bill passed so that people know they can call 911 without having any repercussions,” she said.

LaZare and her husband also carry the fast acting heroin antidote Naloxone with them at all times in case they ever run into a person who has had a drug overdose.

Some argue that the Good Samaritan law doesn’t necessarily help stop the heroin epidemic, and that more needs to be done.


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