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Grieving mother hopes documentary will drive awareness

by WTAE - Pittsburgh Videos 1:43 mins

Grieving mother hopes documentary will drive awareness

by WTAE - Pittsburgh Videos 1:43 mins

Teenager Jonathan Morelli's death in February was the fifth drug overdose in one week in his Pennsylvania county. Heroin, says Jonathan's mother Rachel "is the purest form of evil." She's turned her tragedy into a new project, creating a documentary to share with locals and area schools. She says Jonathan's addiction started when he was prescribed pain medication for a wrist injury and it grew, turning deadly. The idea for the film came to Rachel in a dream, she says, and she started filming even though "I've never filmed anything in my entire life." In the wake of Jonathan's death Rachel brought together his friends, recovering addicts, as well as the coroner and police officials seeing the effects of drug abuse first-hand. Rachel's film premiered for 200 this week, where she shared the message: "Never think for one second: Not my kid."

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