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There is No Hero in Heroin (TINHIH) Founder: Jan Nargi
Janice Nargi, a single mother of two, was a registered nurse in Tucson, AZ who worked in enough ER’s to know the signs of addiction but failed to recognize them in her own son. Through her popular blog and published book, There is No Hero in Heroin, she exposed the reality of teenage heroin addiction, allowing other families to benefit and learn from her experience. Las Vegas resident Joe Engle would come to know all too well the nightmare that Jan wrote about.
On July 21, 2011, Joe’s life was forever changed. His oldest son Reese, 19 years old at the time had moved back home three days earlier. At the time, he was seven months clean from daily heroin use. Joe and his three other sons were hopeful, and Reese had started to resemble the person he was before he slipped into substance use disorder. The plan for Reese and his girlfriend was to get an apartment, get involved in a 12-step abstinence-based program, and to live a happy, healthy, productive life. That morning Joe went to work; Reese’s girlfriend went to pick up her belongings; and Reese “picked up” one last time. The unbearable loss and profound pain that Joe experienced tormented him. Upon the first “Angel Anniversary” of Reese’s passing, a group of of bereaved parents with similar stories decided that they needed to help other families impacted by the opioid epidemic. Joe then reached out to Jan.
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TINHIH Las Vegas is involved in many events around the Las Vegas Valley, and are always in need of volunteers. Follow us on Facebook to find out about upcoming events in Las Vegas. Our first few events have gained momentum and we hope to include more supporters. We want heroin to be a subject that can be talked about without the negative stigma that has been associated with it for far too long. Get in touch with us to learn more about how you can get involved in the cause.