Ohio woman has message about the importance of never giving up hope

BELLAIRE, Ohio (WTRF) - 30- year-old Amy Jackson might be the happiest person you’ll ever meet.

She is delighted with her life—her marriage, her children and her job. During the dark days of her drug addiction, she says she had nothing to look forward to.

Now, clean and sober for nearly six years, she says she appreciates the little things that might not mean much to most people.

“I’m so happy I have a car and have my license back,” she said. “I love the fact that I have a job and could buy a TV—and I won’t be taking it to the pawn shop. I even like paying bills!”

She said she sees frequent comments on social media from people criticizing the use of Narcan to save the lives of addicts, especially in repeat cases.

“That’s a person,” Jackson says. “That’s somebody’s husband or wife, son or daughter. And tomorrow might be the day they make the decision to stop using. They need to have that chance.”

Jackson says she became addicted after she was prescribed pain medication following a serious car accident -- but that seems like another lifetime ago.

Now, she says her life gets better every day.

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