Two families’ harrowing tale of heroin addiction may help prevent damage to others.
The powerful three-part series “The Damage Done” that debuted last Sunday is a must read for parents, and for their teens. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to two suburban mothers, Ginger Mumpower and Robin Roth, for laying bare their harrowing trials in trying to break the choke-hold that opiate addiction had on their beloved sons. We thank them for their courage to speak with writer Beth Macy and for the risk they took in opening themselves further to public scrutiny.
Their stories, though, do not invite judgment, not in the least. Rather, they lay open the secrets that so many wish to tuck away: Children from good homes who go to good schools can be sucked into a bad world, and often the downward spiral begins in their parents’ medicine chest. Leftover prescriptions for pain pills tempt far too many youngsters to experiment. And heroin is prevalent here in the Roanoke Valley, even in the nicest of neighborhoods.