Drug use and abuse among teens and young adults can be frightening. It can also end in tragedy.
Piatt County Sherriff David Hunt joins us to talk about the reality of this situation and what familiar and friends can do to help protect their loved ones.
Tim Ryan will present “A Man in Recovery, from Dope to Hope” to parents and the community at 1 p.m. March 29 at the Livingston Center in Monticello, 7 p.m. March 29 at Bement High School and at 7 p.m. March 30 at Monticello High School. Child care will be provided at both evening events.
During events funded in part by Carle, Ryan will implore people to get smart about drug abuse because of the efforts of Connie Gyorr of Monticello. Gyorr is continuing her daughter’s mission to help others after a drug overdose claimed 20-year-old Marisa’s life nearly a year ago.
“It’s easy to think something like this will never happen to us, and if it does, we end up trying to deny the situation or become embarrassed of the circumstances,” Gyorr said on the GoFundMe page that raised more than $10,000, part of which pays for Ryan’s appearances.
“The truth is, the drugs kids are now abusing today are extremely dangerous and easily accessible, leaving them feeling dependent on the drug and feeling helpless.”
In addition to the public presentations, Ryan will speak to area first responders and students at Monticello High School, Monticello Middle School, Bement High School, Bement Middle School, Cerro Gordo High School, Cerro Gordo Middle School and Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond High School.
Ryan’s organization, A Man In Recovery, strives to save the lives of opiate addicts then provide alternatives so they don’t relapse. A recovering drug addict and sober coach from Naperville, Ryan runs addiction recovery groups for addicts and families.
He’s also experienced what the Gyorr family has.
His 20-year-old son Nick died from a heroin overdose.
“I truly believe that his experience and depth of knowledge will help educate families, and I am hopeful it will decrease substance abuse activity in our area,” Gyorr said, adding, “Marisa may not be here on earth, but her memory will forever be eternal, and I’m hoping to live out her purpose through the Marisa’s Purpose: Faith, Hope & Love charity.
“My hope in creating this charity is that we can help as many people as possible struggling with drug abuse in our local and surrounding communities.”