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Squashing The Secret About Heroin

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VOORHEES, N.J. -

A community came together Thursday night in Voorhees, N.J., hoping to stop the silence surrounding a serious problem. It's about heroin, the dangerous drug plaguing many parts of our area.

Parents who lost children to the drug spoke out, and so did young people in recovery.

"I was formerly pretty cocky. I thought it wouldn't get me like it got everybody else," said Ian Kaigh.

He's 27-years-old and lucky. This March he'll be three years into sobriety.

"I had to realize that I was powerless over drugs," said Ian.

He says he was just 13-years-old when he started with marijuana and alcohol. By the age of 20, he had moved on to prescription painkillers.

Soon after he was hooked on heroin.

"My mom found me unconscious after having done a little too much. That's how they found out," he said.

But that's not what saved him. The former straight-A student and athlete with a partial academic scholarship to Drew University robbed a bank and got caught. Prison is where he says he was forced to face his addiction.

"I want people to know it's not hopeless when you're an addict. It does take work but people can come back from it," said Ian.

He told his story Thursday night to a group of adults and children craving information that will help protect their families from drugs.

He was invited to this event at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees where he once attended. It was put on by a group called Squash the Secret made up of parents who lost young children to heroin.

"Any parent should be made aware of this, what to watch out for and to be educated," said founder Gregg Wolfe, who lost his son Justin to heroin in 2012. He's on a mission to arm parents with the information to hopefully save their child.

"The addiction, the causes of it, to try to stop it in its tracks," said Wolfe.

The next Squash The Secret forum will be held on March 18 at Triton High School. You can also visit Gregg Wolfe's web site JustinforJustice.org for more information.

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