DATE: JULY 1, 2017



Vertava Health

205 Reidhurst Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203





Brian Sullivan

Director of Public Relations

[email protected]

Vertava Health

205 Reidhurst Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203

P: 901.949.7926




NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 1, 2017) – Two mothers have left Ohio and are hitting the road across the country to change the stigma associated with addiction while educating parents and one of their first stops is Nashville.


Tonda DaRe, who lost her daughter to overdose and testified before a U.S. Senate committee on the opioid epidemic, will be hitting 13 states in the next two months to raise awareness and provide resources through her presentation “Addiction 101”.


DaRe founded the global group Holly’s Song of Hope after her daughter Holly Noel Jenkins died from a drug overdose in 2012. Her companion Marcie Miller, whose daughter battled addiction for 6 years, will be traveling with her.


“We are just two moms trying to make a difference in an epidemic that many believe has nothing to do with them,” Miller told the Columbus Dispatch. “We have no idea where this will lead us, but if we save one life on this journey or bring comfort to someone in need, then it will be worth it.”


Overdose deaths in their home state of Ohio totaled at least 4,149, a 36 percent jump from 3,050 in 2015. That is the equivalent of ten 747 jets crashing each year. Tennessee is not far behind. In 2015, overdose claimed over 1,451 lives in the state, and the official numbers for 2016 are expected to be even worse. DaRe hopes to show that these are in fact not numbers, they’re people.


“She loved everybody. My girl was a very ‘root for the underdog girl’,” says Tonda of her daughter. “If there was a new kid in school she was the one who would go straight to them and say ‘hey come sit with me’.”


Tonda faced a nightmare that has become too common for over 33,000 parents a year. In the months that followed her daughter Holly’s death, she couldn’t bring herself to do much of anything. Then, she decided to turn her loss into hope.


“I knew I was struggling and I started looking for support groups and there was nothing out there for someone like me,” says DaRe. “An overdose isn’t a ‘bring a casserole’ death. Neighbors don’t show up like they do in perhaps a car accident.”


Holly’s Song of Hope quickly grew to having members all across the globe. The group focuses not just on support, but educating each other. One of their first actions was to advocate for Naloxone (an overdose antidote drug) for law enforcement to carry in Carroll County, Ohio. A Sheriff’s Deputy was at the house during the overdose within a matter of minutes and Tonda says it still haunts her to this day that if he had Narcan Holly might still be with us.


Vertava Health purchased and is currently renovating The Bluffs in Carroll County, Ohio. Holly had worked at the facility when it was formerly a resort called Atwood Lodge. It was there that our team met Tonda.


“I believe Holly had a hand in Vertava Health reopening the Atwood Lodge where she once worked as new treatment campus The Bluffs,” says DaRe. “Heaven knows that there’s no other reason on this Earth that an addiction treatment center would find Atwood Lodge.”


Vertava Health will open its doors Saturday and welcome this stop on the tour. The event is free and open to the public:


Saturday, July 1, 2017

1pm CST

Vertava Health

205 Reidhurst Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203


You can join Holly’s Song of Hope and follow their cross-country tour by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HollysSongofHope/?fref=ts


For media inquiries, contact Vertava Health Director of Public Relations Brian Sullivan at [email protected] or 901.949.7926.





Vertava Health provides the most comprehensive addiction treatment program in the country by going beyond the standard 30 day plan and treating persons struggling with addiction mentally and spiritually to break the cycle of repeated visits to treatment. Utilizing our addiction campus environment we have the depth of caring staff, industry experience and clinical proficiency to effectively treat the disease of addiction for life. Vertava Health’ admissions center is trained to assess and place the client into one of the Vertava Health treatment centers across the country within a 1 hour time frame. This speed in service delivery and thorough commitment to the client long term allows the person struggling with addiction to get quickly on the road to recovery and create a life that’s worth living.

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