Grieving mother speaks out one week after's son's death amid heroin epidemic
PLAINFIELD -- Police have been chasing a lot of rumors around Plainfield lately -- including one that may be responsible for multiple deaths in the last year and a half.
Investigators are looking into the possibility that tainted heroin is circulating among users. The drug itself killed at least eight people in the small Connecticut town in the last year and half. Alex Estrada, 23, was the latest victim.
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"We seen him on Saturday. We went all out together and somewhere during the night something happened," said Estrada's mother, Sandra Armstrong.
FOX 61 News met her the the day of her son's wake.
"He was so loved," said the aching mother, who shares more on her son Estrada's struggle with the drug in the video above.
"I don't want other parents to have to go through this," she said, adding that she has watched heroin overcome her town in recent years.
See photos from the family below:
It's all part of a larger reality, according to Pat Rehmer, who heads Hartford Healthcare's Behavioral Health Network, which runs opiate addiction treatment centers in the state.
"If anything, in some ways, this is becoming more of a suburban problem," Rehmer said in an interview with FOX 61 News last week. She noted that the state has seen a drastic increase in opiate addiction in both young adults and middle-aged women.
The epidemic is so rampant outside Connecticut's cities that Rehmer said she's planning to expand from one suburban clinic in Glastonbury to Cheshire, northeastern Connecticut and more.
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"I lived in Hartford and we moved out here to get the kids away from the city, away from all that, you know? And it was the last thing I thought and it's worse here than it is out there I think," Armstrong said, highlighting the epidemic in smaller towns in the state.
See the graphic below for more statistics on the heroin epidemic:
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