Emily’s true story

Angela Kennecke, a local news anchor in Sioux Falls, S.D., never imagined her family would become the subject of the story she had dedicated 10 years of her life to reporting: the opioid crisis. But in May, she lost her 21-year-old daughter, Emily, to a fentanyl overdose. Kennecke and her family were dumbfounded, not even realizing that Emily was addicted to heroin. After taking time off to cope with her daughter’s death, Kennecke returned to the news desk at KELO-TV with an important message for her community. “My choice, even at great personal risk, is to share my daughter’s story with all of you,” she said. “The reason I’m doing this is because my only hope in the face of such devastating loss is that Emily’s story, my family’s personal tragedy, can be a catalyst for change.”
There was no opioid crisis before the war in Afghanistan which was conducted to wrestle the opium market from the Afghani farmers.

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