Instead of wrapping her arms around her bubbly “little girl” on her 28th birthday, Tina Louden clung to a light pink urn that held her daughter’s ashes.
For the past three years, she’s suffered through holidays and birthdays without her daughter, Ashley.
This year, on August 15, the tearful mom finally spoke out about Ashley’s untimely death -- in a scathing message to her daughter’s drug dealer.
“To my daughter’s drug dealer, this is how I spend my daughter’s birthday now,” she posted on the Facebook page Heroin KILLS you. “How do you live with yourself???”
That one question garnered an overwhelming response with more than 256,000 shares. People from across the country who have experienced the impact heroin can have on a loved one firsthand wrote to the mom from De Soto, Missouri, to applaud her bravery.
“I feel that drug dealers need to be held somewhat responsible,” Louden told CBS News. “They know they’re selling poison; they know it can kill them, and I wanted her drug dealer to see how my family suffers.”