According to a landmark study by the U.S. Surgeon General, 78 people die each day from opioid overdoses in the U.S. The surgeon general, says that “addiction is taking a stunning toll on America and must not be thought of as a “character flaw.”
In the Wabash Valley, opioid and heroin abuse are destroying lives, including the life of a young man from Edgar County, whose story is both tragic and all too common.
Hayden Keys started taking prescription pain meds after a high school football injury. His problem with drugs escalated when he went to a school in Arizona. It was in Arizona that he started using heroin. Eventually, he became addicted to heroin and entered several treatment facilities, but could not kick the habit.
Hayden’s addiction finally ended his life when he purchased and used heroin that he obtained in Champaign, Illinois.
Today, his parents, Chuck and Jennifer Keys are doing better, in fact, they are hosting an 1870’s Christmas House tour in their beautiful home on Sunday December 4th from 11 am to 3 pm. Proceeds from that event will be used to buy more narcan for use in their county. Narcan is a medication that is used to save the lives of overdose victims.