Grieving Out Loud with Angela Kennecke

The other side of loss: Grandparents, grief, and the opioid crisis

According to U.S. census data, more grandparents are raising their grandchildren than ever, and the opioid epidemic is mainly to blame. It’s hitting home for many families; Patricia Drewes’ journey is a prime example. Her daughter’s life was tragically cut short by a drug-tainted with a deadly dose of fentanyl.

In this emotionally charged episode of Grieving Out Loud, host Angela Kennecke sits with Patricia for an important conversation. We’ll delve deep into her journey, discussing her insights into why her daughter turned to drugs, how she’s navigating the immense weight of this tragedy, and her unwavering commitment to transforming her pain into progress through legislative avenues.

  • Patricia and her grandson, Cameron visiting "Faces of Fentanyl" wall at the DEA office
  • Patricia's daughter, Heaven
  • Patricia and her grandson pose in front of bilboard