8/10/16 Paula Weikel and Pastor Mark Gittens on the addiction crisis facing The Valley

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Paula Weikel, mother of Dylan Weikel (Sunbury resident who died of a drug overdose recently), and Pastor Mark Gittens of H2 Church, on the death of Dylan, the ups and downs of his last year of life, his mom’s new found role of advocate for more help in the opium crisis. Pastor Gittens tells us about the H2 Church’s efforts to help, detox, support, and turn around people affected by heroin and other addictions. We talk about the illness of addiction, the cycle of highs and lows for addicts and their loved ones, and what our Valley could do better. Recorded in Sunbury July 28, 2016 at the Weikel home in Sunbury (recorded).

Paula Weikel, mother of Dylan Weikel (Sunbury resident who died of a drug overdose recently), and Pastor Mark Gittens of H2 Church, on the death of Dylan, the ups and downs of his last year of life, his mom’s new found role of advocate for more help in the opium crisis. Pastor Gittens tells us about the H2 Church’s efforts to help, detox, support, and turn around people affected by heroin and other addictions. We talk about the illness of addiction, the cycle of highs and lows for addicts and their loved ones, and what our Valley could do better. Recorded in Sunbury July 28, 2016 at the Weikel home in Sunbury (recorded).

Paula talks about Dylan, with a montage of photographs of her son on a wall behind her.

Paula Weikel, mother of Dylan Weikel (Sunbury resident who died of a drug overdose recently), and Pastor Mark Gittens of H2 Church, on the death of Dylan, the ups and downs of his last year of life, his mom’s new found role of advocate for more help in the opium crisis. Pastor Gittens tells us about the H2 Church’s efforts to help, detox, support, and turn around people affected by heroin and other addictions. We talk about the illness of addiction, the cycle of highs and lows for addicts and their loved ones, and what our Valley could do better. Recorded in Sunbury July 28, 2016 at the Weikel home in Sunbury (recorded).

Paula shows us the basement door, Dylan broke through, in order to regain entrances into the home, after he was barred from reentering.

Paula Weikel, mother of Dylan Weikel (Sunbury resident who died of a drug overdose recently), and Pastor Mark Gittens of H2 Church, on the death of Dylan, the ups and downs of his last year of life, his mom’s new found role of advocate for more help in the opium crisis. Pastor Gittens tells us about the H2 Church’s efforts to help, detox, support, and turn around people affected by heroin and other addictions. We talk about the illness of addiction, the cycle of highs and lows for addicts and their loved ones, and what our Valley could do better. Recorded in Sunbury July 28, 2016 at the Weikel home in Sunbury (recorded).

Pastor Mark Gittens during our interview in Sunbury.

Paula Weikel, mother of Dylan Weikel (Sunbury resident who died of a drug overdose recently), and Pastor Mark Gittens of H2 Church, on the death of Dylan, the ups and downs of his last year of life, his mom’s new found role of advocate for more help in the opium crisis. Pastor Gittens tells us about the H2 Church’s efforts to help, detox, support, and turn around people affected by heroin and other addictions. We talk about the illness of addiction, the cycle of highs and lows for addicts and their loved ones, and what our Valley could do better. Recorded in Sunbury July 28, 2016 at the Weikel home in Sunbury (recorded).

Paula Weikel and Pastor Mark Gittens at the Weikel home in Sunbury.

Paula Weikel, mother of Dylan Weikel (Sunbury resident who died of a drug overdose recently), and Pastor Mark Gittens of H2 Church, on the death of Dylan, the ups and downs of his last year of life, his mom’s new found role of advocate for more help in the opium crisis. Pastor Gittens tells us about the H2 Church’s efforts to help, detox, support, and turn around people affected by heroin and other addictions. We talk about the illness of addiction, the cycle of highs and lows for addicts and their loved ones, and what our Valley could do better. Recorded in Sunbury July 28, 2016 at the Weikel home in Sunbury (recorded).

Paula Weikel shows us the final text messages from Dylan Weikel, the night he died.

Paula Weikel, mother of Dylan Weikel (Sunbury resident who died of a drug overdose recently), and Pastor Mark Gittens of H2 Church, on the death of Dylan, the ups and downs of his last year of life, his mom’s new found role of advocate for more help in the opium crisis. Pastor Gittens tells us about the H2 Church’s efforts to help, detox, support, and turn around people affected by heroin and other addictions. We talk about the illness of addiction, the cycle of highs and lows for addicts and their loved ones, and what our Valley could do better. Recorded in Sunbury July 28, 2016 at the Weikel home in Sunbury (recorded).

Paula during our interview in her home.

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