News of Interest: Mom, Champion for “Laree’s Law” in NY, Dies of Cancer

[July 27, 2018 — Times Union, Albany, NY] In Anti-Heroin Activist and Albany Cop Patty Farrell Dies, city editor Mike Goodwin informs readers of the death of Patty Farrell, “who after her daughter’s death from a heroin overdose became a driving force behind the region’s anti-opioid effort.” Patty, 51, died from cancer.

Patty’s 19-year-old daughter died of an overdose in 2013, and her advocacy included championing the passage of legislation in her daughter’s memory, “Laree’s Law,” which opens the door to charging people selling an opioid that is implicated in a fatality with homicide. The law is now in committee in the New York Assembly.

Speaking to students in 2015 at Colonie High School, Patty said: “‘It’s an absolute hellish nightmare. There has to be a way to stop heroin. We have to work together. Please help me do something about it so nobody else dies like my daughter did.'”

Patty opens the video clip below with a poignant statement about losing Laree. The clip is a promotion for a documentary film by the New York State Funeral Directors Association that features the stories of families who experienced an overdose death.

News of Interest” links readers to stories and information related to grief after a death from substance use.

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