After losing her 22-year-old daughter to a lethal drug overdose, a grief-stricken mother has vowed to “fight” for the rest of her life to make sure that all drug dealers on the streets in her area get locked up. She has shared a photo of her daughter’s last moment, in the hope of warning other parents and addicts of the dangers of drug abuse.
“I’m going to fight for the rest of my life to make sure the people down here on the street selling this to people, need to be locked up,” mother Cheryl Towery told WJBK-TV.
Towery’s daughter, Elaina, who had battled drug addiction since 2010, died after overdosing on heroin, which was believed to be laced with fentanyl, a man-made opioid for controlling serious pain, which is 80 to 500 times stronger than morphine.
“She’s my only daughter, my best friend,” Towery, 49, said.
Towery said her daughter has overdosed five times and has been sent to five treatment centers. But this time was fatal.
“They cannot control it,” her mother said. “It took me seven years to get to this point.”
On the heartbreaking evening of her death, Elaina and a friend stopped at a Burger King in Detroit.
“She pulled in here to use the restroom and after 20-25 minutes, he thought it was odd she didn’t come back out,” Towery said.
Elaina was found unconscious in the restroom and sent to Sinai-Grace Hospital nearby.
“I wasn’t prepared for what I saw in the emergency room,” Towery said. “Because that’s the worst I’ve ever seen her.”
Elaina’s mother said her daughter’s liver and kidneys were failing, and that her muscles were deteriorating. A scan on Monday showed no sign of activity in her brain. The heartbreaking mother was then forced to take her beloved daughter off life support.
Towery shared the photo of her daughter’s last moment before Elaina was removed off life support. She hopes it will help raise awareness of the grave consequences of drug abuse.