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Capital Region crusader in fight against heroin addiction dies

July 27, 2018 06:24 PM

A woman who has been a true crusader in the fight against heroin addiction locally has died.

Patty Farrell lost her daughter, Laree, to a heroin overdose in 2013. Farrell passed away Friday after an illness.

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Since Laree's death, Farrell had been pushing to get a law passed in New York state called Laree's Law. It would open the door to charging drug dealers with murder if they sold heroin to someone who later died of an overdose.

State Senator George Amedore is the sponsor of that bill in the Senate.

He released the following statement:

"Patty Farrell was a tremendous advocate for those struggling with addiction. It takes a strong person to lose a child and channel that grief into something positive. Patty dedicated her life to helping others in memory of her daughter Laree. It was an honor to call her a friend and a partner, and we'll continue the fight in her memory - thank you Patty for all you did, we lost an amazing woman and advocate in you."

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