Saturday’s hot weather didn't stop dozens of Jefferson County residents from fighting against the raging heroin epidemic in the St. Louis region.
Organizers included Jefferson County mother Beth Hudson, whose son is in recovery, her daughter is addicted to heroin and her brother died of an overdose in 2006.
Hudson and more than a hundred others marched through the streets of Kimmswick, Missouri bringing awareness to how easily the deadly drug can destroy lives.
Their message was simple, the heroin epidemic must be stopped and it's going to take a community-wide effort to make it happen.
“Jefferson County, as we all know, is one of the biggest homes for heroin overdose,” said Hudson. “So it's about time that we as parents and as a community start standing up and making a difference.”
Hudson's efforts won't end with Saturday's walk. She's started a not-for-profit called Still: I Rise In HOPE and she’s working on creating a parents support group. Hudson has also joined forces with the Jefferson County Drug Prevention Coalition to better educate families and kids about the dangers of heroin and opioid drugs.