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After losing son to heroin overdose, parents on a mission to save lives

Posted 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

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— A mother and father, devastated by the loss of their son to a heroin overdose, are now on a mission to save lives.

Mike and Becky Cannon said their son's road to addiction began when he was just a teen.

"Jonathan started smoking weed when he was about 12, 13, 14-years old, which is not uncommon," Mike Cannon said.

The marijuana progressed into more serious drugs.

"When you look at a heroin addict, it's in every neighborhood," Cannon said. "I don't care how much money you have, how poor you are, how rich you are, what race you are, it goes beyond all of that."

"We just thought it was something you could just say, just stop," Becky Cannon said. "Just say no."

Jonathan Cannon was sober for 78 days when he overdosed and died, his parents said. He was 26.

"We lost a son and we had something that happened within us and we said, 'We gotta stop this’," Mike Cannon said.

With a mission to stop the heroin epidemic, the Cannon's created a nonprofit foundation. In the last two years J Cans has helped almost 200 addicts and their families with recovery.

"We don't want to see another parent have to go through this," Mike Cannon said.

The Cannons have recently partnered with the Wilson Police Department to host open discussions about the challenges their community is facing.

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  • TJ Wahoo Apr 20, 12:53 p.m.
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    Part of the reason for the national epidemic is the cheap supply of heroin available. We need to get over the obsession regarding foreign election intervention and do something about the real foreign threat through addiction.

  • Ed Ray Apr 20, 12:24 p.m.
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    Nope I do not rob,steal,beg, trade s3x for weed. I am not addicted to weed. Weed helps me so I do not go and kill all the stupid people i have to encounter on a day to day bases. Addicts are weak minded and can not control what they have to do to get that fix. They do not care who they hurt or anything else just that fix. They stated "Mike and Becky Cannon said their son's road to addiction began when he was just a teen.

    "Jonathan started smoking weed when he was about 12, 13, 14-years old, which is not uncommon," Mike Cannon said." So why do you not reread it weak minded one.

  • Jj Parker Apr 20, 12:05 p.m.
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    Hey Ed. Why don't you put the bong down and re read the article when you aren't high.

    They aren't blaming the weed. They simply said the ages of when he used it.

    And you are dead wrong in saying that addics are weak. But since you are one then I guess you are also weak.

  • Ed Ray Apr 20, 11:03 a.m.
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    Why is everything blamed on weed. I have been smoking everyday for about 25 years, everyday and I have never tried any other drug. I have never had a drop of alcohol either. With weed I never had a need for anything else. There are so many others out there that all they do is smoke weed. Stop blaming weakness on something else. All addiction is weakness, just very weak people that can not control themselves at all.