The picture on her parent’s bookshelf shows a tanned and fit Kelly Sherrick holding a certificate honoring her “outstanding and exemplary service to persons with mental disabilities.”

It was taken at a banquet on April 27, 2006. The beginning of the end, her parents believe, came soon afterward. Kelly hurt her back while helping a fallen resident of the group home where she worked. The doctor prescribed painkillers. She became addicted.

The end came Dec. 13, 2013, in the restroom of a Weis Markets in Swatara Township, where Kelly Sherrick died of a heroin overdose. She was 31…

Those locations reflect a noteworthy aspect of the crisis: It affects mostly white, middle-class people living in the suburbs…

Does that automatically mean that we’re talking about chronic pain patients?  I don’t know, but it seems like this opioid “epidemic” is related to pain patients, but maybe not “chronic” pain patients.

She had died of a heroin overdose in the restroom at the Weis store a short distance away on Grayson Road. The coroner’s office said she had one fresh needle mark, meaning the fatal dose was the only one she had taken since her release.

Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick said that’s common — the addict’s tolerance drops while in rehab, but they take a dose they were accustomed to, causing an overdose.

I think they should stop using the “tolerance” excuse — it seems pretty clear that this poor woman could no longer take the pain and committed suicide, although it’s hard to get a clear picture through her parents.  It seems like she fought really hard, but finally gave up.  Was it her back pain, the abstinence of rehab, or the shame of being poor and a drug addict that caused her to make this final choice?  No doubt, it was all three.

Another warrior looking for Robin Williams…

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