America is in the midst of an opioid crisis. According to the CDC’s 2017 survey, over 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. But when a woman walked into the Natick Police Department with baked goods and a letter, she was letting the first responders know that thanks to their help, she did not become one of those Americans.
“I overdosed for the last time in August,” the woman wrote. “It was a major wake up call. I went to detox the next day and haven’t used since. Due to you guys saving my live through CPR and Narcan I got my life back!”
“I actually am able to say I love myself and who I am. I got my family back, and they allow me to live with them, also have earned their trust back. Today I celebrate five months sober!”
Natick police Lt. Cara Rossi said that the woman’s gesture touched the officers involved. The department spokeswoman shared a photo of the letter on Facebook on Tuesday.
“This makes it all worthwhile,” Rossi wrote.
This makes it all worthwhile. 👮🏻♂️👮♀️👨🚒🧑🏻🚒
Rossi said she hoped that by sharing the moment, it might make a difference to someone also struggling with substance abuse.
“The response has been so overwhelmingly positive,” Rossi said. “It’s so unbelievable to me.”
Despite the positive responses, Rossi says she still hears people asking why so many resources are being used to help those suffering from opioid addiction. But that doesn’t bother her.
“This just shows why and I’m hoping that it will change a lot of minds…that these people who need us are worth it.”
The public safety community has been working to break the stigma associated with substance abuse, Rossi said.
“It’s all of our problem to try and help.”