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Parents Share Daughter's Poem About Heroin In Obituary

| by Michael Doherty
A scene from a heroin seizure.A scene from a heroin seizure.

Parents of a Pennsylvania woman who died from a drug overdose shared their daughter's heartbreaking poem about heroin addiction in her obituary.

Delaney Farrell, 23, died of an overdose, making her the latest of three drug-related deaths and more than 50 overdoses in Lycoming County in a week, according to Tribune Media.

Delaney's parents, Bridget and Brian, said she had known some of the others who overdosed.

"She told me the night before she died that she knew all those kids [who] overdose," said Brian. "She called me and said, 'Did you see it on the news?'"

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Delaney's parents said their daughter had first tried heroin at a party five years earlier.

"They don't say here's heroin, they say try sniffing some of this dust," said Brian. "They sniff it a few times and the second of third time they do it they want more."

Delaney had been staying at a halfway house and her parents said she seemed like she had been doing better before her death.

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In her obituary, Bridget and Brian described Delaney as "funny," and someone who would "always make a joke," reports Fox News.

"Delaney would also write in her journals or on just random pieces of paper; some were private but some she would share," read the obituary, which included a poem written by the young woman that recalled her memories of addiction.

"Funny, I don't remember no good dope days," wrote Delaney in the poem. "I remember walking for miles in a dope fiend haze. I remember sleeping in houses that had no electric. I remember being called a junkie, but I couldn't accept it."

"I remember the birthdays and holiday celebrations. All the things I missed during my incarceration," she wrote. "I remember overdosing on my bedroom floor. I remember my sisters cry and my dad having to break down the door."

"I remember giving up my body for the next bag of dope," read the poem. "I remember only causing pain, destruction and harm. I remember the track marks the needles left on my arm. I remember watching the slow break up of my home."

She also wrote of how she wanted to recover from her addiction.

"I remember not recognizing myself in my own Damn reflection," wrote Delaney. "I remember constantly obsessing over my next score but what I remember most is getting down on my knees and asking God to save me cuz I don't want to do this no more!!!"

Bridget said that she wanted to share "what [Delaney] was going through," in the hope that it could help those going through the same issues.

"If it could help even just one person it would be worth it. What do you think she would have said? She definitely would have wanted me to do it," said Bridget.

The couple said they have received messages from those who were affected by the poem's message.

"I'm heeding the message and checking myself into the hospital today," read a message signed "Christine from Chicago," Brian said.

Sources: Tribune Media via KTVI, Fox / Photo credit: National Crime Agency/FlickrDimitris Kalogeropoylos/Flickr, WNEP via Fox

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