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Mother Reflects On Son's Accidental Overdose Death Anniversary

Fentanyl overdoses are on a deadly rise in the tri-state. In a 44News exclusive, grieving mom Amy Davis reflects on the anniversary of her son's death. Isaiah Davis was only 21 when he passed away from an accidental fentanyl overdose last year, just before Mother's Day.

Posted: Apr 30, 2021 7:40 PM
Updated: Apr 30, 2021 9:36 PM

There were 67 deadly drug over doses last year in Vanderburgh County alone.

This year -- we are on track to at least double that number.

21-year-old Isaiah Davis got along with everyone at school, loved fishing, being a big brother and had a normal childhood.

"He was the boy next door -- kind -- would give you the shirt off his back," said his mom Amy Davis.

But like many people, he struggled with depression and after being laid off from his job at JE Shekell because of the pandemic, life got harder.

He had only tried pills a handful of times when he took a percocet on that fatal night-- but it was actually a much more lethal drug.

"The toxicology report was pure fentanyl," Amy Davis said. 

Amy Davis was devastated by the sudden loss -- she had just seen her son the night before.

"He hugged and he kissed me and he said, 'I love you mom and I'll see you in the morning,'" she said. "That was the last parting words."

Isaiah's story is one of many -- A Hopkins County teen overdosed just a few weeks ago -- after being sold pills that were laced with fentanyl.

"Families sometimes say -- 'They never would have taken fentanyl knowingly,'" said Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear. "But the problem is they are buying pills off the street. And that is never a good idea and what is in them is a gamble and sometimes you pay with your life."

But Amy Davis says her son did not dabble with drugs on the street. Rather -- he thought he was in the comfort of friends -- but the drugs were traced back to a Mexican cartel after an investigation.

Deaths around the tri-state range from those in their mid teens to late 60s over the last year.

Last week, during an emergency call -- the Evansville Fire Department ran out of Narcan -- a life saving drug given out during an overdose.

"Many times, we'll see there will be multiple generations there," Lockyear said. "There will be kids present at the scene when mom has died and grandmother and they're all there at the scene and so this is a life-changing event."

As for Amy -- she wants other people struggling with addiction to know they are not alone.

"Addicts are not innately bad people," she said. "They are people who are struggling with addiction or ones who are hurting like you like me."

The grieving mother is now preparing to spend her second Mother's Day without Isaiah.

"I miss him every minute of every day," she said.

As for the future? Davis says she and her husband -- Isaiah's stepfather -- are hoping to speak at churches and schools more about the epidemic and how it can affect any family -- even a middle class one like them.

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