DATE: JULY 7, 2017




Turning Point

340 Stateline Rd.

Southaven, MS 38671




Brian Sullivan

Director of Public Relations

[email protected]

Turning Point

340 Stateline Rd.

Southaven, MS 38671

P: 901.949.7926




SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (July 7, 2017) – Two Ohio mothers are hitting the road across the country to change the stigma associated with addiction while educating parents. One of their first stops is Southaven.


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 six 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. Mississippi drug overdose deaths have reached a record high, and state Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy says the state is emerging on the brink of a super pandemic. In 2016, Mississippi saw at least 211 deaths from drug overdoses – the highest in state history. 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, attracting 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. During Holly’s overdose, a Sheriff’s Deputy was at the house within a matter of minutes. Tonda says it still haunts her to this day that if he had Narcan, Holly might still be alive.


Vertava Health, which owns and operates Turning Point, 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.”


Turning Point will open its doors Friday and welcome this stop on the tour during its weekly graduation ceremony. The event is free and open to the public:


Friday, July 7, 2017

1pm CST

Turning Point


340 Stateline Rd.

Southaven, MS 38671


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 Turning Point Director of Public Relations Brian Sullivan at [email protected] or 901.949.7926.





Turning Point 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 campus environment we have the depth of caring staff, industry experience and clinical proficiency to effectively treat the disease of addiction for life. We specialize in alcohol addiction treatment, illegal drug addiction treatment and prescription drug addiction treatment, and offer: drug and alcohol intervention, clinical addiction assessments, medically supervised drug detox, residential / inpatient programs, intensive outpatient programs, christian drug rehab, drug addiction counseling and ongoing long term recovery care. Headquartered in Southaven, MS, the Turning Point Admissions Center is trained to assess and place the client into our Turning Point treatment center within a 1 hour time frame. This speed in service, delivery, and thorough long term commitment to the client 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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