Those were the feelings uttered by family members of Doug Geiger as they participated and helped organize a Heroin Awareness Rally. The rally will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 from noon until 3 p.m. at the intersection of Hwy. 47 and Villa Drive.
Jessica Geiger and Tammy Boone, with tearful emotions, told the other committee members that they wanted something positive to come from the tragic death of Geiger. Their brother and son, age 29, died from a heroin overdose April 23 at a motel in Troy. He allegedly was given the drug by a couple who was charged later with second degree murder.
Raymond Floyd, talking on behalf of the Narcotic Enforcement Team (NET) of Lincoln County and a rally organizer, said the NET team has worked 70 heroin-related arrests/cases so far this year in Lincoln County. This doesn’t include arrests/investigations conducted by the Highway Patrol. Floyd said the first documented heroin case in Lincoln County was in November 2007 and one year later, the county saw over 50 cases. Unfortunately, the drug is still prevalent today.
On Sept. 22, representatives of the Geiger family and Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney Leah Wommack Askey will kick off the rally at noon. At 1 p.m., Floyd and a mother, Chris Duran, who lost her son due to a heroin overdose, will take their turn at the microphone. Matt Bass and Mario Wray will speak at 2 p.m. about personal issues. During closing ceremonies at 3 p.m., the Geiger family will return and the event will conclude with a balloon lift. Between speakers, there will be music and entertainment. Intervention specialists will be present, providing information and ‘listening ear’ to any seeking a path to help overcome their addiction. Anyone who may feel they are ‘hooked’ on any drug and the general public are welcomed to come. The goal is help eliminate drugs from Lincoln County and their tragic consequences to individuals and their families. Applaud another effort to make the county a better place to live
By Bob Simmons