A father mourning the death of his daughter has written an honest account of her heroin addiction.
Twenty-four-year-old Molly Parks died of a heroin overdose on April 16.
Her grieving father has written a moving and honest obituary for his daughter, about her life and downward spiral of drug addiction.
And it has now been shared thousands and thousands of times.
“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,” Tom Parks wrote in his local paper The Post in Saco, Maine.
“She was here last Monday and she looked great. But it’s so hard, of course, and she got sucked back in.
“I see a lot of obituaries from families that are losing twenty-somethings, thirty-somethings, and forty-somethings, and they’re all saying they died suddenly. But that’s not the truth, and we know that because we just went through it.”
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Prior to her death, Mr Parks said his daughter showed promising signs of rehabilitation.
But then Molly, a pizza delivery driver, was found dead at her workplace, a needle in her arm.
Her father believes Molly was another in a recent spate of heroin deaths, after taking the drug laced with Fentanyl (which is up to 80 times more potent than morphine).
“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,” Mr Parks wrote in the obituary.
“She enjoyed theatre, fashion, reading — especially Harry Potter, and will always be remembered for fearless personality and her trademark red lipstick.”
Mr Parks added some moving advice to others familiar with drug addiction:
“If you have any loved ones who are fighting addiction, Molly’s family asks that you do everything possible to be supportive, and guide them to rehabilitation before it is too late.”