Teen goes public about family’s battle with heroin in Facebook video

FARMINGTON, Mo. — A Missouri resident is going public with her family’s heroin battle in hopes it saves a life.

Jade Hall lost her older brother to a heroin overdose while her younger sister was in rehab after overdosing on heroin. She created a video showing her family’s painful journey because she wants others to see what heroin can do to a family.

“It can mentally, physically emotionally tear it apart,” Hall said.

She said her sister had not seen her family for months because of rehab stint.

After a five-month separation, that sister learned her brother was dead. Hall said the video has been viewed approximately 5,000 times through her Facebook page.

“I hope that it opens eyes because I don’t want another 18-year-old to get a call from work that her brother had just died. I don’t want a 16-year-old girl to see her family for the first time in five months just to find out that her brother died, and I definitely don’t want another mother to open her son’s door to find him lying on the floor dead,” Hall said.

She hopes the video will make a difference.

“I don’t know what it’s like to have a heroin addiction,” Hall said. “I do know what it’s like to love somebody who has had those addictions and it’s probably just as hard.”