MADISON CO., Ky. (WKYT) - United States Attorney Loretta Lynch will visit Central Kentucky Tuesday as part of National Prescription Opioid and Heroin Awareness Week. She will hold a youth town hall meeting in Madison County. Madison County has already seen more than thirty overdose deaths this year.
Nikki Strunck's son was one of the Madison County deaths. Brendan Strunck died in January at age 24. Nikki said her son had battled his drug addiction since he was 13 years-old. She moved him from Kentucky to Ohio and back to her home in Madison County, in efforts to get him away from drugs. But moving him never stopped the addiction. "I feel like I really had to fight for him from day one," she told WKYT's Miranda Combs.
Brendan was released from jail on Christmas Day. She thought things were different this time. He was headed to a rehab center after the holidays. She found him dead on the bathroom floor of her Richmond apartment on the morning of January 2nd.
These days Nikki speaks to groups about drug addiction. "My story is not any different than your story. This could be your story if you don't make that change," Nikki said. She said she wants those addicted to drugs to realize that their addiction isn't just effecting them, but their families. The best way to get that point across, she said, is to play the 911 call from the morning she found her son on the floor of the bathroom.
Nikki: "Oh my God"
"Oh my God"
Dispatcher: "911 What's your emergency?"
Nikki: "I need someone at my apartment. My son has overdosed."
Dispatcher: "I can't understand what you are saying. Is he breathing?"
Dispatcher: "See if he is breathing."
Nikki: "Is he breathing, Mark? He's not breathing. He's not breathing. He's not breathing."
Dispatcher: "Stay on the line with me. Just stay on the line. Do not hang up."
Nikki: "Brendan please. Help me Jesus. Please."
Dispatcher: "Ma'am? Ma'am? Ma'am?"
Dispatcher: "Who else is there with you?"
Nikki: "My friend and my ex-sister-in-law."
Dispatcher: "Let me speak to them."
Dispatcher: "Okay. What's going on? Is anyone trying CPR? Is anyone attempting it?"
Friend: "He's overdosed. I think he may be gone."
Dispatcher: "Is anyone attempting CPR? Does anyone want to attempt CPR?
Friend: "No. He's cold. He's stiff."
Nikki said she speaks to as many recovery groups as possible. She's a part of a group organized by US Attorney Kerry Harvey's office, Heroin Education Action Team, which is made up of people who have lost a family member to an overdose. Through that group, Nikki will be able to meet with Lynch during her visit Tuesday.