Arkansas woman speaks out on 'America's Newsroom' on opioid crisis after losing brother to addiction

She reveres her brother as a genuinely good person.

“He was a really great person, really genuine. Just a person who would give you the shirt off his back even if you were a complete stranger,” the Arkansas native told host Dana Perino.

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Adams-Kelly said they both experienced trauma growing up, but that Matt found comfort in opioids.

“He just couldn’t really find a way out,” she said. “He did attempt recovery, went to rehab for six months and was able to get sober, and he actually stayed sober for five years.”

The opioid crisis has ravaged America for years, and resulted in nearly 50,000 deaths in 2019 alone. 

This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. State attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments said Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, they are in active negotiations with Purdue Pharma, maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, as they attempt to reach a landmark settlement over the nation's opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. State attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments said Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, they are in active negotiations with Purdue Pharma, maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, as they attempt to reach a landmark settlement over the nation’s opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

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