A father in Maine who lost his daughter to a heroin overdose wrote an unexpected obituary following her death.
Molly Parks was just 24-years-old when she died in the bathroom at her job on April 16. Her father, Tom Parks, told The Washington Post she battled drug addiction for several years, going in and out of rehab three times.
After Molly's death, Tom penned a candid tribute to her on his Facebook page, saying, "My daughter Molly Parks made many good choices in her too short life and she made some bad choices. She tried to fight addiction in her own way and last night her fight came to an end in a bathroom of a restaurant with a needle of heroin. Her whole family tried to help her win the battle but we couldn't show her a way that could cure her addiction. We will always love her and miss her. If you have a friend or a relative who is fighting the fight against addiction please do everything you can to be supportive. Maybe for your loved one it'll help. Sadly for ours it didn't. I hope my daughter can now find the peace that she looked for here on earth.
He also posted another obit online and talked about drug addiction. He says he decided to speak honestly about his daughter's death in hopes that it helps others fighting a similar battle to seek help.
It reads: "Molly graduated from Old Orchard Beach High School in 2009 and attended one year at SMCC until her addiction took over. Most recently, she was employed as a delivery driver for Portland Pie Co. in Manchester, NH. She enjoyed theater, fashion, reading – especially Harry Potter, and will always be remembered for fearless personality and her trademark red lipstick. Along Molly's journey through life, she made a lot of bad decisions including experimenting with drugs. She fought her addiction to heroin for at least five years and had experienced a near fatal overdose before. Molly's family truly loved her and tried to be as supportive as possible as she struggled with the heroin epidemic that has been so destructive to individuals and families in her age bracket."
If you or anyone you know is suffering from substance abuse, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's 24-hour helpline at 1-800-662-4357.
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