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Hudson Father of Heroin Addict Who Died Writes Open Letter to Community

Updated: 11/02/2013 11:39 AM
Created: 11/01/2013 7:55 PM KSTP.com
By: Todd Wilson

Greg Berg sits at his dining room table and reads from a letter he submitted to his local paper, the Hudson Star Observer.

"I can't say enough about the love and support," he read.

He was compelled by the loss of his 20 year old daughter Ellie.

"It hits you at the strangest times when you realize that you'll never be able to talk to your daughter again, it's a bad, sad feeling," Berg said.

Ellie died Sept. 30, 2013, from a heroin overdose. He says, this letter is for those in the midst of dealing with the highly addictive narcotic, knows somebody who is addicted or a parent with concerns.

"We don't want anymore parents in Hudson or around the Twin Cities to go through what we have gone through here in the last month with Ellie being gone," he said.

Sergeant Geoff Willems of the Hudson Police Department says, heroin is a new problem for Hudson.

"Probably we didn't start seeing it until about three years ago. And that was with our first overdose death," he said.

Since then, the city has totaled seven overdose deaths. If you include the county, that number rises to 12.

They don't want to see the problem grow like it has in Hennepin County, where 37 people overdosed in 2012.

"Heroin is very cheap and is very potent in this area," Sergeant Willems said.

Berg says, he hopes with this letter it will help kids make better decisions. He says, it won't bring Ellie back but it could stop someone from going down the path she took.

"It needs to stop and it needs to stop now," Berg said.  


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