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Mother of young woman who died from heroin and fentanyl: Up Close

Deanna Axe lost her daughter Morgan to a heroin/fentanyl overdose. (CNYCentral, Andy Wolf)


SYRACUSE, N.Y. --- Deanna Axe walks into the room that she and her daughter Morgan were preparing to be the baby's room when Morgan delivered. On the wall in a frame is a blanket and booties for a baby never born. Next to them, an array of photos of a smiling Morgan Axe. Deanna knows where all the pictures were taken. One of them was the day her daughter first went on Vivitrol to control her heroin cravings.

When Morgan learned she was pregnant she stopped taking Vivitrol to protect her baby. A few months later the craving returned. She reached out on Facebook to a heroin dealer. He delivered seven bags to her front door. Morgan injected one bag. Police say the heroin was laced with fentanyl. The dose killed Morgan.

"The first time it's a choice.with heroin. the second time heroin chooses you," said Deanna Axe. "Morgan was just a normal high school student, when she was younger she played volleyball, cheerleading," said her mother. "She was very vivacious. She loved to make people laugh, she was a very funny girl. "

Axe frequently talks to school groups about her daughter's life and death. She wants young people to know that any one of them could end up on the path to heroin. "She was really just a normal kid and that is when I go to the schools and talk to the kids that's what I say she was just like you." Axe is talking to students in the Baldwinsville school district this week.

"She was the girl you wanted to take to the prom, the girl you played softball she was just like you," said Axe. Morgan's life changed when she experienced a traumatic event at the age of 17. "There was a point in her life when she had a traumatic experience someone said take this it will make you feel better and she did. That is when her path went in a different direction."

After years of struggle Morgan's life appeared on the right path when she ordered the deadly dose of heroin mixed with fentanyl. Her mother said it was the worst day of her life.


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