Father shares story of son’s death from heroin to effect change

Cody Marshall poses for a senior photo. Cody graduated from high school in 2010, and died in September at age 20 of a suspected heroin overdose.

Cody Marshall poses for a senior photo. Cody graduated from high school in 2010, and died in September at age 20 of a suspected heroin overdose.

Over the past couple of years, the amount of heroin use in the Jefferson City area has been on the rise, unfortunately with deadly consequences.

In September, Jim Marshall lost his son, Cody, 20, from an apparent overdose of heroin.

“In my own mind, as I found out how big a problem this is in central Missouri, my next question was, ‘Why don’t we know this?’” he said. “I understand it’s hard, and some people may think it would be embarrassing or it would bring a black eye to a family.

“But if we don’t share the awareness we’ve gained, we’ll not get to the point where things get better. It stays the same.”

In a letter Marshall wrote to the News Tribune, he said in his research since his son’s death, he has found 40 people have died in Cole and Boone counties from drug overdoses.

He said he’d found some similarities between Cody’s death and many of the others.

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