Two grieving mothers staged a silent protest outside Bridgewater’s courthouse Wednesday in an effort to shed light on the issue of prescription drug abuse.
Tammy Ballard lost her son Josh after he consumed methadone.
“It took me two years two even accept the fact that my son is gone,” said Ballard, who is speaking out for the first time. “I’m at the point now where I don’t want any more children to lose their lives over this… I need to speak out. I need to speak out for my son.”
'If we keep yelling and screaming, sooner or later we may save a life' - Tammy Ballard
Ballard was joined with Cheryl Jones, who lost her son Brandon Wentzell in February of the same year after he also used prescription drugs to get high.
The women stood outside the court at the same time as three people accused of trafficking prescription drugs were appearing in unrelated cases.
“All these people that are providing these controlled substances that are federally controlled need to be held accountable,”
“We’re trying to get the message out there to other children,” Ballard said. “Nobody’s immune to this. It’s as simple as ‘Here, try this.'”
Ballard’s son went out with his girlfriend one night and ended up taking the methadone at someone’s house.
“The toxicology report showed he was non-tolerant, he’s never had it in his system before,” Ballard said. “So that one time – that one time – took his life.”
“We both share the same pain every single day,” said Jones, who came up with the idea to hold the demonstration. She said they will continue to attend the court dates for those accused of trafficking.
“I will continue this journey until I can’t breathe anymore,” she said. “I’m just hoping that more kids will listen.”
“If we keep yelling and screaming, sooner or later we may save a life,” said Ballard.