Walking for Wellness: Stop Heroin was created in memory of Nicky Vigna by her mother, Gee, and sister, Brittney. Nicky passed away January 3, 2013 of a heroin overdose. After struggling with "the silent killer" for a few years prior, this horrible drug ended up taking her life at the age of 20.
The speakers discussed their battles with addiction with heroin, alcohol, and other drugs. Each story was unique, filled with different struggles and outcomes of using. The student seemed to be very engaged and some even shared stories of individuals that they knew that struggled with their own addictions.
Drug use is so prominent in our community and the struggles weigh heavily on the young adult population. Peer pressure, uncertain home life, and wanting to fit in are all reasons for kids to start using. While drug use can start out with just using Marijuana or abusing alcohol, it can lead to things harder and that cause more damage and addiction.
Like the presenters said, it only needs to be done once. One time can end your life or start you down a path that is uncontrollable. If you or someone you know is battling addiction, please ask for help.
Walk for Wellness is ran on clothing sales only. They do not have a grant; they do not get paid for the services and presentations that they do. If interested in buying shirts or interested in the walks that are around the St. Louis area, please visit their website, http://www.stopheroin.org/home.html. Click here to see photos of the presentation