Oklahoma Opioid Trial Verdict Impacts Recovering Addicts

Amber Murray and Kristal HcHugh are two of the faces of opioid addiction in Northeast Oklahoma. Kristal recalls suffering headaches when she was very young. “I suffered with migraines when I was a child.” She said the doctor prescribed opioids to treat her pain. She added, “That’s kinda what they did. You had a pain and that’s how they fixed it.” Kristal remembers how her mom had to help her take the medication. “I was so small that she had to crush the pills to put them in something for me to take them.” Amber Murray recalls her first encounter with opioids. “I was 18 when I was prescribed pain medication.” She said it wasn’t long before her life became a cycle of, “Fighting my pill addic

Oklahoma vs. Opioids: Layla Freeman Speaks On Her Emotional Reaction to the Historic Decision

Layla Freeman lost her daughter Ashley at just 23 years old to an opioid overdose on Christmas Eve five years ago. Layla has turned her pain into fuel to help other moms make sure they do not go through that same pain. She set down with News on 6's Brian Dorman to discuss her daughter Ashley and the emotional journey, starting Light of Hope, and what this historic ruling means to the opioid crisis. Credit: News on 6 | Brian Dorman

Opioid Verdict A Bittersweet Victory For Mom Who Lost Daughter To Addiction

She's been gone for six years, but Monday's judgment brought up feelings in Ashley Freeman's mother that proves no amount of time can dull the hurt. "I didn't realize how emotional it was going to be today for the verdict," said Layla Freeman. Ashley was 23-years-old when her addiction to pain pills became fatal. "She struggled so much. She begged toward the end, 'If I could just stop if I could just find help,'" she said. To help others find that help, Layla founded the Light of Hope. "It was a long and very difficult isolated journey and after her passing, I knew I needed to take that experience, turn the pain into purpose and help other family members, walk alongside them," said Freeman.

Oklahoma Opioid Trial Verdict Impacts Recovering Addicts

Amber Murray and Kristal HcHugh are two of the faces of opioid addiction in Northeast Oklahoma. Kristal recalls suffering headaches when she was very young. “I suffered with migraines when I was a child.” She said the doctor prescribed opioids to treat her pain. She added, “That’s kinda what they did. You had a pain and that’s how they fixed it.” Kristal remembers how her mom had to help her take the medication. “I was so small that she had to crush the pills to put them in something for me to take them.” Amber Murray recalls her first encounter with opioids. “I was 18 when I was prescribed pain medication.” She said it wasn’t long before her life became a cycle of, “Fighting my pill addicti

Green Country Nonprofit Helps Women Work Through Trauma With Yoga

Light of Hope is helping women work through years of trauma with yoga. The classes are taking women back to the basics, giving them tools to rise above their pasts. Trauma has a way of turning your world on its top and of picking up your life and shaking it until your pockets are empty. Every woman in this room knows trauma intimately. Some have lost children, others have gone through years of sexual abuse. Light of Hope does all kinds of work for the community. Recently, employee Julie Duncan started teaching yoga classes to give people living with trauma tools they need to cope. Every week for 60 minutes, Julie takes this group back to the basics- breathing in the present together, despite

Students Receive New Drug Education Program

Light of Hope has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to bring a drug education & prevention program to students. We announced to the community, our new partnership and funding initiative Change for Change. With the highest level of education resources from the DEA we are making changes to the way our kids think and understand drugs and addiction. This program will also open dialogue with parents and kids to talk about drugs and addiction.

Back to School!

Light of Hope blesses the children with school supplies during the annual Back to School Bash! Together, with many other organizations, we are able to help the children of our community, prepare for the needs of the new school year.

© 2020 Light of Hope, Inc. 
All Rights Reserved 

​​Call us:

1-918-373-4560

"Helping People See the Hope."

 

Main Offices & Groups:

 

403 West 1st Street

Claremore, OK 74017

 

918-923-2500

 

 

Mailing Address/

Donate by mail:

P.O. Box 669

Claremore, OK 74018

Food Pantry:​

400 N. J.M. Davis Blvd

Claremore, Ok 74017

 

918-923-2525

foodpantry@lightofhopeinc.org

 

Proud members of:
 
SAMSHA
NAMI
NAADAC