SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The number of overdoses continues to rise in the Sioux Falls area.
But the opioid epidemic was quietly devastating lives long before it was constantly making headlines.
Alicia Salazar is now speaking out about the loss of her parents to opioid overdoses.
Her mother died on her first day of high school and her father died as she started her senior year.
Friday, she shares her story with KELOLAND’s Angela Kennecke.
“I didn’t have a lot of knowledge about it back then. I knew they took painkillers. My mom had a bad back and my dad had bad knees,” Salazar said.
Coming up on KELOLAND News at 10, hear how Alica was left alone to raise herself and her younger sister and how she’s confronted those challenges.
“How the Opioid Epidemic Destroyed a Family” Friday at 10.