Local mom uses Lost Loved Ones Map to remember daughter who died from overdose

Posted at 6:25 AM, Jun 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-23 07:41:25-04

"Sheena lost her life in 6/9/16."

"She was 31 yrs old and left behind her 6 yr old son, who was the love of her life."

"She was a hard worker and treated her patients with the utmost respect."

"Never judged anyone .. Sheena wouldn't want us to cry, she would want us to fight."

They're simple sentences behind the dot on a website that sum up the life of Cuyahoga Falls resident Sheena Moore.

Her life was cut short by a fentanyl overdose. 

The sentences, situated right below her photo, were composed by her mom, Brenda. 

"I felt like it would be an injustice to just keep it to ourselves about how she died," her mom told News 5. "That's what Sheena would have wanted, she would have wanted people to understand that you can relapse."

Sheena's story is one of more than 700 on a prescription and heroin overdose death map. The map was created by a Colorado man who lost his younger brother to drugs. 

Jeremiah Lindemann saw an opportunity to put a face on the ongoing crisis that knows no boundaries and no state lines.

Opioids killed more people in Cuyahoga County last year than any other year in history and officials see no end in sight as they project another spike this year. 

Brenda and Jeremiah hope stories like these will break the shame and stigma of overdose deaths. 

"These are normal people," said Brenda. "These are your neighbors, these are your friends."

Anyone can add their loved one to the map by filling out a form on the website.