REDDING, Calif. - Suzanne Gamache, who is now a grandmother, has three children. Two of them are addicted to heroin.
Gamache is the legal guardian of her 5-year-old grandson, who was taken during a drug raid at her 30-year-old son's house. Police said that he was not only doing heroin, but he was dealing it too.
"It's pretty devastating. It's like literally a hellish nightmare. It's a hellish nightmare, what you go through," said Gamache. "And then when I finally realized what they were doing, doing heroin, you know that at any moment, at any minute of the day, they could die."
When it comes to her 21-year-old daughter Gamache believes she suffered from mental illness.
Her daughter is currently homeless and living north of Redding.
"If I see on Facebook or anything that's she's here in town, you're going to the bank or you're running errands and you're doing things and you're always looking around to see if that's her," said Gamache.
Having seen this first hand, Gamache now pleads for more resources in the community and asks that people have more empathy.
"As long as it's not your child or somebody in your family, you know it's not something that you have to worry about, but look at what's happening. I mean no, these aren't your children, these aren't your brother, these aren't your parents, but do you want to live in a town that seems so helpless, or hopeless? Really, I don't know. It's sad. It makes me sad," said Gamache.
She noted that she and her husband had put both their addicted children into rehab, but it didn't work.