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Controversial display wants to cross out heroin

Posted at 8:49 PM, Apr 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-04 20:49:07-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- If you've driven near the University of Indianapolis recently, you may have done a double-take.

In the front lawn of a home on the 1700 block of East Hanna Avenue there was a casket – part of a lawn display lamenting the number of heroin-related deaths occurring in the state.

The casket has since been removed from the display, but there remains a law full of red crosses representing people who have died from heroin overdoses.

Joel Farthing, who lost his sister to heroin, hopes the display is a call to action.

"We couldn't help her," Farthing said. "That's the biggest thing: You can't help people who don't want to get rid of it. Watching her go down a slippery slope and nothing we could do. It kinda hurt all of us. That's why I want to get this out here."


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