Out in Portsmouth, Ohio, the recovery revival continues to gain energy, surrounding the rap video by local group, RWR (Raw Word Revival), and their song, “What the Hell You Know About That 740?”
Folks are now selling t-shirts with the song title to benefit SOLACE for $15 each. (Save me one, folks!)
SOLACE is a group of Portsmouth mothers who’ve lost children to heroin or prescription pill overdoses.
Formed by Jo Anna Krohn in 2010, SOLACE was the first parents group in Ohio — and really the country, as far I know — to call attention to the opiate epidemic.
Before that, JoAnna told me, parents hid the facts behind their children’s deaths, and lived in isolated suffering. No one in Portsmouth was getting outraged at what was happening. (JoAnna’s son, Wes, killed himself while high on prescription pills at a party in 2008.)
There are now SOLACE chapters in 16 Ohio counties.
So parent groups speaking out are crucial in ending it, seems to me, because they’re the ones with the stories that can fire public outrage and galvanize the will of political leaders.
Anyway, lots of interesting stuff happening down there in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Meanwhile, here’s the RWR video again, a fantastic piece of DIY journalism:
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