Linda Lenz has got a message for heroin: your days are numbered taking hold of our children.
Lenz, a Muskego resident who lost her son Tony to a heroin overdose in February 2013 is amassing an army to defeat heroin through education and open forum discussion. She is in part reluctant to accept praise for her efforts and the inspiration she provides.
"If you had told me four years ago that this would be my life, I would have said I would have been catatonic or dead after these tragedies. But, I keep going because I hate injustice and it puts me in warrior mode. It is an energy we have all fallen under and we have to see it through," she says.
Lenz is on the panel of an upcoming summit to highlight the "Heroin Crisis in the Burbs" that will take place on Wednesday, May 7, at The New Berlin West Performing Arts Center and on Monday, May 12, at The Muskego High School Performing Arts Center.
Both programs feature a resource fair that begins at 6:30pm and a presentation at 7 p.m. The purpose is to educate parents about the growing danger of prescription opiates and heroin addiction children face.
Below is a transcript of a conversation I had with Lenz that should be required reading for all parents, but also for anyone concerned about themselves, family members or friends. Lenz generously and extensively answered five questions that will at the very minimum stimulate a quest to know more.
Lindsay Garric: Your Facebook Page "Stop Heroin WI" has 6,506 likes and is constantly growing. The mission is to "Stop children from trying heroin – even once." You have clearly hit a nerve. Please give me a little background information on why this mission is your passion.
Linda Lenz: We lost our older son, Canton, on Aug. 10, 2010 to a genetic disorder called Vascular Ehlers…Read more...