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Mother performs personal fight against opioid epidemic




SAN ANTONIO – A few hours before Bexar County filed suit against several pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors, Becky Savage reported her own encounter with the opioid epidemic.

For nearly three years, the Indiana mother has been dealing with the loss of her 19-year-old and 18-year-old son Nick and Jack Savage.

Savage said the boys drank at a graduation ceremony in June 2015 when someone offered prescription pills.

"The next morning I found both insensible, and both had died as overdose while sleeping," Savage said.

Related: Bexar County Sues Several Opioid Manufacturers for Alleged Contribution to the Opioid Epidemic

While Bexar County is trying to fight drug companies in court because they have "an epidemic of opioid dependence in Causing and contributing to Bexar County, "families across the country are conducting their personal battles against the epidemic.

"To say that our two older sons died of an overdose is something we never thought we would ever say," Savage said. "It's devastating, it's still, it's still something I think about every second of every day."

In 2015, 124 people died of opioid overdoses in Bexar County.

The loss of her sons led Savage to create the 525 Foundation in her memory.

Savage was in San Antonio on Wednesday to speak at the Hope Rises Behavioral Health Conference at the Laurel Ridge Treatment Center.

She is determined not to end the story of her boys with the overdose.

"I will talk about prevention, awareness and education and use their story to change the course of other people's lives," said Savage.

Savage said she had not given much thought to the lawsuit of Bexar County, but said that all parties should be investigated for possible grievances.

"Obviously, if there was a malicious intent somewhere, then hopefully justice will prevail," Savage said. "If not, then it's hopefully a learning experience for the people, and if anything, it will bring attention to the problem, right?"

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