He said he has already witnessed the difference it’s made.
“We can go places like my mother’s house and he can see a bottle of medicine on the cabinet and he’ll say, ‘(Grandma) that’s supposed to be locked up,’” Andrews said. “So it’s already become second nature. I don’t play games with my son when it comes to medicine.”
The last speaker was Jazzmin Brown, 20, from Greenwood, who only 10 months ago was fighting for her life after an overdose on heroin.
Due to the overdose, Brown is now paralyzed, but it hasn’t stopped her from trying to make a difference. She’s started Jazzmin’s Journey and acts as a mentor and motivational speaker.
“Obviously, God has a plan,” she said. “ … I think God wants me to share my story just so maybe, just maybe, I can plant a seed in someone’s brain not to touch, experiment, lick, or even think about using drugs.”
Brown said to this point, she’s overcome many odds.
“When I was first in this position, I wasn’t supposed to come off life support — your girl’s off life support,” she said. “Then I wasn’t supposed to come off the trache (tracheotomy), well I’m off the trache, but I have the scar to prove it and it’s a sideways heart. Whenever I was on the trache though, I couldn’t talk because your airways are opened up, which means I wouldn’t have a voice, (but) God has a different plan and he wants me to relay the message.”
She added that doctors have told her she won’t walk again. Her answer: “Watch me.”
Brown urged parents to teach their kids about the dangers of drugs and to use her story as an example.