2019 Trusted Choice Community Service Award – Natasha Terrones | McFarland Clinic

2019 Trusted Choice Community Service Award – Natasha Terrones | McFarland Clinic


NATASHA: For me it’s so much more than just
community service, it’s a personal mission,
it’s my family’s journey. JANELLE: She’s just taken this tragic loss
and used it to help the community in such wonderful ways. NATASHA: December 17, 2016, I lost my 25-year-old
daughter to an opioid overdose here in Ames. I felt like sitting back on the sidelines
and doing nothing has never been an option. I don’t want Tashara to be remembered for
the overdose itself. She was so much more than that. But I do want to make our community aware
of what is happening to young lives. In the last two years, I have gotten involved
with who I call my village. We have a Story County Opioid Task Force that
was formed two years ago. I’m also involved with Community & Family
Resources. It’s a treatment facility catering to the
needs of adult men, women, and adolescents, also non-gender specific adults that are struggling
with addiction. I have been a part of three different Community
Conversations, bringing more awareness. “It’s a must that I continue to share our
story and share with you in hopes that through our loss, we deliver a message of
hope and understanding.” JANELLE: It’s an overwhelming issue and she
inspires me to see that one person can make a difference, and she’s helping to change
the world. NATASHA: My passion is ending the stigma and
silence surrounding overdose and drug addiction. Those addicts and overdoses, they’re
someone’s special someone, and they still deserve somebody to fight
for them. And so they may have lost their voice, but
I will continue to use my voice to make a difference.

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