Grieving Out Loud with Angela Kennecke

The Tornado: An interview with Melissa Flynn about stepson’s overdose

Originally released on April 14th, 2019

Your host of Grieving Out Loud, Angela Kennecke, first met Melissa Flynn just a few months after Emily died. Melissa contacted Angela to see how she could help with her newly formed charity, Emily’s Hope. Melissa had lost her 25-year-old stepson, Nicholas, to fentanyl poisoning just ten days after Emily died. Angela and Melissa met, and they have been doing advocacy work together ever since.

Melissa Flynn's stepson, Nicholas
Melissa Flynn’s stepson, Nicholas, died at age 25 on May 26th, 2018, of fentanyl poisoning

In this episode, Melissa talks about losing Nicholas to a fentanyl overdose, her frustration in attempting to get him help, and what she has learned during this challenging journey. Melissa is sharing her family’s story in hopes that others in a similar situation will benefit. 

  • Melissa Flynn and Angela Kennecke
  • 2019 International Overdose Awareness Day in Sioux Falls
  • Melissa Flynn & Angela Kennecke at Addiction Policy Forum in D.C.
  • Melissa Flynn, Sen. John Thune, Angela Kennecke, and Rep. Dusty Johnson