Learn From Lexi Foundation.
My name is Susan and Alexa is my daughter. I formed this non profit Foundation in her name after discovering just how huge the heroin epidemic actually is and how little is being done to prevent the addiction before it starts.
I wrote and shared "Lexi's Story" with friends and family, then posted it to social media. I received an overwhelming number of messages from people all over the world who had lost a child or a loved one to a heroin overdose, like my daughter.
It was while reading these messages and doing research that I discovered that the number of deaths due to heroin addiction is much larger than I ever could have imagined. More of our children and loved ones are dying every day at an astronomical rate. 90% of all addictions start with experimentation in adolescence or early adulthood, typically after or alongside binge drinking and marijuana smoking.
I felt very strongly that more must be done to reach young people, parents, and loved ones. They need to be warned of the power of heroin and the deadly consequences that can occur from its very first first use.
This site and the
Learn From Lexi Foundation
is ever-growing and expanding. Please take some time to read through our pages and reach out to us with comments, stories or suggestions you have. Join us in the fight for awareness, to dispel the stigma, and to punish harshly those traffickers who prey on our young.
Please share our warning:
"Not Even Once".
Alexa's mother was desperate to tell everyone she knew that they had lost their beloved Lexi. Devastated at the thought that someone might forget her or that someone might judge her because of the stigma of heroin addiction, Susan wrote "Lexi's Story". The world needed to know that the most expressive, compassionate, and beautiful soul was taken from this earth. It shouldn't have happened. Her life was destined for happiness and fulfillment. But at one moment in time, Alexa made the deadly choice to use heroin that first time. She had no idea of it's power of destruction even though it had begun taking lives years before.
Susan realized she could make a difference by sharing Lexi's Story. If Lexi could become addicted to heroin and die of an overdose, it could happen to anyone.
It doesn't matter where you come from, the college degree you have, the money you earn, the house you live in, the morals you teach your children, or the amount of love you bestow upon them. It is very clear: no one is immune to heroin's deadly grip.
Susan began sharing Lexi's Story verbally and then included a copy of Lexi's Story and photograph with thank you notes for condolences. She asked that Lexi's story and picture be shared with everyone who would listen. She posted "Lexi's Story" on social media. Within days after she posted and asked others to share "Lexi's Story", people from all over the world began sending their heartfelt condolences and sharing the tragic stories of their children and loved ones, who were much like Lexi, many of whom had also died of overdoses. Some shared for the first time that they lost their loved one to addiction, as well.
Where was the awareness when this started to become an epidemic?
Where were the warnings that heroin addiction takes hold from
the very first use?
Why are parents still believing, "it won't happen to my child"?
Why is there a distorted picture of the heroin addict in our minds?
And most importantly where is the emphasis on the truth: