Squashing The Secret About Heroin - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Squashing The Secret About Heroin

Posted: Updated:
VOORHEES, N.J. -

A community came together Thursday night in Voorhees, N.J., hoping to stop the silence surrounding a serious problem. It's about heroin, the dangerous drug plaguing many parts of our area.

Parents who lost children to the drug spoke out, and so did young people in recovery.

"I was formerly pretty cocky. I thought it wouldn't get me like it got everybody else," said Ian Kaigh.

He's 27-years-old and lucky. This March he'll be three years into sobriety.

"I had to realize that I was powerless over drugs," said Ian.

He says he was just 13-years-old when he started with marijuana and alcohol. By the age of 20, he had moved on to prescription painkillers.

Soon after he was hooked on heroin.

"My mom found me unconscious after having done a little too much. That's how they found out," he said.

But that's not what saved him. The former straight-A student and athlete with a partial academic scholarship to Drew University robbed a bank and got caught. Prison is where he says he was forced to face his addiction.

"I want people to know it's not hopeless when you're an addict. It does take work but people can come back from it," said Ian.

He told his story Thursday night to a group of adults and children craving information that will help protect their families from drugs.

He was invited to this event at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees where he once attended. It was put on by a group called Squash the Secret made up of parents who lost young children to heroin.

"Any parent should be made aware of this, what to watch out for and to be educated," said founder Gregg Wolfe, who lost his son Justin to heroin in 2012. He's on a mission to arm parents with the information to hopefully save their child.

"The addiction, the causes of it, to try to stop it in its tracks," said Wolfe.

The next Squash The Secret forum will be held on March 18 at Triton High School. You can also visit Gregg Wolfe's web site JustinforJustice.org for more information.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • FEELING LIKE FALL

    Monday, September 15 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-09-16 00:20:35 GMT

    A chance of rain by Tuesday morning.

    Tuesday begins with clouds and a few early morning showers.  Most of the rain will be light and around a tenth of an inch is expected.  Sun and clouds by the afternoon. High 75.

    Tuesday (75/60): A.M. Showers

    Wednesday (74/54): Sunny/Mild

    Thursday (76/56): Sunny/Nice

    Friday (73/54): Sunny/Nice

    Saturday (75/55): Sun/Clouds

  • Police Looking For Man Who Robbed Princeton, NJ Bank

    Police Looking For Man Who Robbed Princeton, NJ Bank

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:43:50 GMT
    Princeton Police are looking for the person who robbed a TD bank on Monday around 11:30am.Police were called to the TD Bank on State Rd. after a store employee reported they had just been robbed. According to police, a white male, 23-25 years old, approached a bank teller and passed a note saying that he was armed and demanded cash. The bank teller handed the robber cash in an envelope and the man left. No weapon was seen by the bank employees and no one was injured.Police searched the area b...
    Princeton Police are looking for the person who robbed a TD bank on Monday around 11:30am.Police were called to the TD Bank on State Rd. after a store employee reported they had just been robbed. According to police, a white male, 23-25 years old, approached a bank teller and passed a note saying that he was armed and demanded cash. The bank teller handed the robber cash in an envelope and the man left. No weapon was seen by the bank employees and no one was injured.Police searched the area b...
  • Burglar Caught Climbing Through Window in Havertown

    Burglar Caught Climbing Through Window in Havertown

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:29:52 GMT
    Paul E GiulianoPaul E Giuliano
    Haverford Police were called to the 1000 block of Allston Rd in Havertown on Monday morning after someone confronted a burglar climbing through a second floor window of their home.After being confronted, the man exited out of the same window and ran away. Officers responded to the area and located the man on East Township Line Road. When officers stopped him, he pushed a detective and continued running. After a short foot pursuit, he was taken into custody and identified as Paul E. Giuliano, ...
    Haverford Police were called to the 1000 block of Allston Rd in Havertown on Monday morning after someone confronted a burglar climbing through a second floor window of their home.After being confronted, the man exited out of the same window and ran away. Officers responded to the area and located the man on East Township Line Road. When officers stopped him, he pushed a detective and continued running. After a short foot pursuit, he was taken into custody and identified as Paul E. Giuliano, ...
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices