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A cry for help, a rally against the use of opioids

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Fargo, N.D. (WDAY) - Heroin,  a drug claiming the lives of thousands every year.


Along with other opioids, more than 43-thousand people die annually from an overdose.

Dozens came to show our government and our community they've had enough when it comes to opioid overdoses.

Jenenne Guffrey, Fed Up Rally Organizer: "We are in a public health crisis with Opioid use and addiction in our country."

A crisis affecting not only families across our nation, but in our community.

Jenenne lost her son Josh to an overdose after he stayed clean for one year.

Jenenne: "I kept saying to these people, my child is going to die, people are dying. Basically there ins't much help out there for it."

They want to change that. That's why today the bridge filled with speakers and an American Indian dance group turning the crowds anger into sorrow.

Michale Gabbard, Buffalo River Singers and Dancers lead singer: "A lot of times those people who have gone on are unexpected. There was a problem in their lives and the song we were singing was asking, my friend, where have you gone?"

Standup: "Shoes. 120 of them. Each pair representing a live lost every day to Opioid abuse in the United States."

Jenenne: "At my sons funeral, my aunt from Minot looked around the room and said none of these kids looked like addicts, could be valedictorians in their class, and some of them were."

To stop other deaths, they want the drug Naloxone to be more widely available. Right now the drug that can reverse the effects of Opioids is only available by prescription.

Jenenne: "I look at the bottle and see 1 CC of fluid that looks like a tiny drop of water, and my son could be here. That's all it would take.

The drug Naloxone is more widely available in Minnesota than North Dakota, with police, EMTs and even family and friends of abusers able to get the prescription.

The rules are more restrictive in North Dakota.