Panel Discussion featuring members of the JoCo Angels - The Importance of Building a Community


When facing Opioid Addiction, either your own or that of a loved one, your community is so important. Some are blessed with family and friends who are willing to understand the struggle and help in any way they can, others are forced to forge new relationships as they deal with trauma. The JoCo Angels are an Opioid Awareness and Support Group in Johnston County, NC. Their members have seen first-hand the toll Opioids take on those who are addicted and their loved ones. They are here to share their stories and solutions.

Meet the Panelists

Roxie & Eddie Bennett

Lost their son in 2017 to an accidental heroin overdose - Passion is help save at least one life

Kelly Blas

Lost her son to suicide using prescription opioids - Passion is bringing awareness to the mental health factors surrounding addiction and helping families in crisis

Phyllis Bryant

Mother to a young person in recovery - Passion is helping other families get through the horror of addiction and to discover tools for self-care

Danette Jernigan

Lost daughter to an accidental fentanyl overdose - Passion is helping to educate young people about the dangers of drug use

Clay Sturgill

Formerly addicted to prescription painkillers, clean and sober for several years - Passion is helping families and addicts alike have a deeper understanding of addiction

Rhonda Toppings

Lost her son to suicide after battling opioid addiction - Passion is to educate others on the risks of prescription opioids and to make treatment more readily accessible