Chrystal Beinlich O’Halloran, of Lincolnshire, is hoping to help parents intervene before another child is lost to a drug overdose. She experienced the pain of losing a child first hand when her son, Nick Beinlich died of a heroin overdose in 2007 at the age of 18.
O’Halloran is offering to mail drug test kits to local parents who may suspect drug use, free of charge.
Dealing with the pain of her loss, O’Halloran set up a foundation in memory of her son, and hopes she can help educate others. All you have to do to receive one of the tests is to visit Nicholas’ Gift of Hope website at nickbeinlich.com and click on the “free drug test” link at the top, and a test will be mailed to you free of charge.
O’Halloran hopes that parents, who may not be comfortable walking in a store and buying a drug test, will take this route and have a test sent to them.
“No one sees the info but me. It’s mailed and done,” she says.
The website sends a clear message that drug use and addiction does not discriminate. “What we fail to remember is that they are only kids and do make bad choices in life. My son’s bad choice cost him his life and our family a sadness that will be with us every day,” says O’Halloran on the site.
She hopes that parents will use her son’s case to realize that now is the time to talk to their kids about drug use, and consider giving them a test, even before they think there may be a problem.
“Hopefully this will bring awareness to the community,” said O’Halloran. Hopefully parents will take this opportunity to find out if anything is going on before it is too late.
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Original article: dailyherald.com
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