One of the most difficult things to endure as a parent is watching your child suffer, and not being able to do anything about it.
Paul DiGiacomo knows that helpless feeling all too well. His daughter Meghan is addicted to heroin and living on the streets of downtown Boston.
The opioid epidemic in America is out of control. In 2016 alone, more than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdose. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that opioids are the cause of more than 90 overdose deaths in the U.S. every single day. And according to experts, more than two million Americans have become dependent on or abuse prescription pain pills and street drugs.
One of those deaths was Meghan DiGiacomo’s boyfriend.
But despite the tragic loss of the man Meghan calls “the love of her life,” she continues to live on the streets of Boston with the one who controls her life: heroin.
Paul and his wife, Julie, had no idea if their daughter was even alive. But after a CNN News story about the opioid epidemic aired featuring Meghan, the devoted father took an unorthodox parenting approach in hopes of helping his daughter get the help she needs.
With only a few personal belongings and the family dog, Paul set out to the streets of Boston to find Meghan. He left behind the comfort of his home and wife, to live homeless, on the streets with his daughter.
“I was literally sleeping here and I woke up to my dog licking my face and I looked, and my dad’s like, ‘Alright, we’re all moved in,’” she said. “I’m like, ‘What are you doing here?’ and he’s like, ‘I’m not leaving until you get help or go to the hospital.”
Paul tells CNN he’s heartbroken over the addiction that has robbed his once “happy-go-lucky little girl” of a healthy, happy life. But Paul says he’ll stop at nothing to help Meghan reclaim her life over this addiction.
It’s a powerful testament to the unconditional love a father has for his daughter.
Our prayers are with Meghan and Paul.