An art show and auction for Emily’s Hope began at 6:00 Friday night at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. The organization is helping pay for treatment that people battling addiction desperately need.
Friday night’s proceeds go to Emily’s Hope, named in honor of Angela Kennecke’s daughter Emily who lost her life to a fentanyl overdose. Earlier Friday KELOLAND News spoke with Sen. Mike Rounds about the opioid epidemic. Rounds says he sees a rising awareness of opioid addiction.
“If they’re getting painkillers, the public is recognizing that when the doctor says you’re going to need some, they’re starting to question, how much will I need, and how quickly can I get off,” Rounds said. “And that’s probably been one of the best things that could have happened is the public awareness.”
Friday night KELOLAND’s Dan Santella is planning to speak with Sen. John Thune and Rep. Dusty Johnson about where we are in the fight against the opioid crisis. You’ll hear from Thune, Johnson and Rounds tonight on KELOLAND News at 10.