Father hopes son's story will help other addicts

Posted at 6:43 AM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 06:49:20-05

Heroin issues in the suburbs? Don't shake your head in doubt - it's true.

In 2015, there were 17 overdose deaths in Amherst alone, and Amherst Police say 13 of them were connected to either heroin or fentanyl.

That statistic might surprise some, but David Edick knows the dangers of heroin all too well. His son Ben died this summer after overdosing on the deadly drug. Until six months before his death, Edick had no idea Ben was even using heroin.

"To tell me six months ago, or six years ago, that my son would be using heroin – I would not believe it," he explained. Now, Edick is sharing Ben's story in the hope of helping other families. He says he's happy the Town of Amherst is getting the issue out in the open, and hopes parents and students of all ages take note.

Watch the video for the full report by Katie Morse.

The Town of Amherst is holding a community meeting Wednesday, January 6th at 6:30 at the Amherst Town Hall on Main Street in Williamsville to discuss heroin and opiate use. Everyone is welcome to attend.




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