North Texas Widow Hosts Addiction Awareness Event – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Tina Crawford has seen many happy occasions at her Paradise Cove event space in Lake Grapevine, including her own wedding to her husband, Brent Patrick Crawford. This weekend, she will mark another anniversary: ​​her death.

“It’s, ah, always so hard to understand,” Crawford said, wiping away tears. “July 24 at 5 p.m., and that moment broke my heart.”

It’s the day a year ago Brent died of a heroin and fentanyl overdose. He was 31 years old.

“Yeah. The drugs killed him physically, but really the shame killed him,” Crawford said. “In Brent’s case, pot led to pills, pills led to heroin, heroin led to death.”

Crawford said her husband had struggled with addiction since he was a teenager, with periods of sobriety and relapse.

“I had these blinders on. Like, ‘OK, he’s recovering now. It’s fine,'” Crawford said. “I could have done things differently so I could help him. Now my purpose in life is to help others so they don’t live in regret.”

Crawford will host a community event at Paradise Cove on Sunday, part of a block party, awareness and addiction education. Local law enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Valley Hope Treatment Center, addiction counselors and NARCAN trainers will be in attendance.

“Something happened to society with COVID,” said Jacqueline Mayfield, executive director of Valley Hope. “It changed the addict.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 100,000 people died from drug overdoses in the year ending April 2021. That’s an increase of almost 30% from the previous year.

“I have people from under a bridge, to a surgeon in my center,” Mayfield said. “So it touches all walks of life. So we have to understand that. People are lost and hurt. It’s everyone. It’s everywhere.”

“He was a handsome, buff guy, but his heart was nicer than he was,” Crawford said. “So much life lived in such a short time. He would like his story to be shared.”

The first annual Community Overdose Awareness Event will take place on Sunday, July 24 from 4-9 p.m. at Paradise Cove on Grapevine Lake. The event is free.

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