The focus of Learn From Lexi Foundation is to bring awareness to the heroin epidemic, to prevent its use, and to facilitate a change in legislature to fight against the people who distribute the heroin combinations that are killing our children and loved ones at an alarming rate.
To adequately raise awareness, the stigma must be erased. Often times when one learns of an overdose death their thoughts are, "another junkie", not realizing it could be their child next. Heroin is killing OUR children. Our children who belong to families living in mansions and mobile homes; families with wealth and those who have nothing; parents who are married and single; parents who are lawyers, doctors and parents who are unemployed. Heroin hits everyone on the socioeconomic scale. It does not discriminate. It will over-power anyone. The only way to make a difference is to bring awareness to the truth, the actual consequences, and the havoc it wreaks on an entire family.
Prevention of that first use of heroin is the key. Explaining the dangers truthfully and descriptively is crucial to the prevention of this deadly addiction. The likelihood that your child will at some point be offered heroin is overwhelming. They need to expect this and they must know that only choice must be to turn away.
They must not use it.
"NOT EVEN ONCE"
There is no 'trying' heroin. Our children must understand that to use heroin, even one time, means addiction and death- which could come with the first use or the with the 100th use.
We cannot say any longer, "It won't happen to my child".
Finally, laws must be changed to reflect the seriousness of heroin trafficking. In order to eradicate heroin from our neighborhoods and homes, we must arrest and convict dealers of murder. At this time, the majority of dealers who provide our children with their deadly dose of heroin receive charges of trafficking. They receive a small amount of jail time. Most cases aren't solved at all despite having the information they need. Why? We don't understand.
The death statistics are more than alarming and the chances of our children getting into and maintaining a heroin free life after that first use is very low. More often than not, our precious children die. As parents, we are constantly hearing of more and more young people dying of overdoses every single day and our hearts are breaking.
The time is now to do something to end this epidemic. We cannot be forced to live our lives without our children. They have goals and dreams. They would have successful careers, children of their own, self worth- the sky was the limit for them. But Heroin robbed them of their dreams and aspirations and ultimately took their lives. There is no excuse.
Please join us in the fight. Help us teach our children:
"NOT EVEN ONCE"!