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Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 2:06pm

Prescription Drug Abuse in Georgia: One Family's 'Horrible Nightmare'

"Let me see if I can find some more of Jon and Lindsay real quick..."

Seated on the couch in her living room, Enia Brice scrolls through her phone showing off favorite photos of her daughter Lensey Wallace. Growing up in Catoosa County, Wallace was a good student, a softball player, and active in church.

"My middle daughter, Lensey, she met Jon in high school and they were high school sweethearts,” said Brice. “They were planning to get married."

Wallace and her fiancé Jonathan Tinker welcomed their daughter Lily into the world in 2009. Brice says the young family was incredibly happy, but then a motorcycle accident nearly cost Tinker his leg.

Doctors prescribed him powerful painkillers and that changed all of their lives forever. Brice says both Wallace and Tinker became addicted to prescription drugs.

"She was a bright young lady. Very bright and beautiful. It took her from that to an 80-pound person that looked like she had been in a concentration camp."

Wallace is now in a state rehabilitation facility after law enforcement arrested her for possession last summer. But Brice believes her daughter's rehab road will be longer than most. Wallace is dealing with both the addiction and unimaginable grief- Jon Tinker lost his battle with drugs in March 2012.

"It's been a horrible nightmare simply because of these drugs,” said Brice, with tears in her eyes. “This would have never, never in a million years happened to my daughter, to Jon and to Lily if it had not been for these drugs. It would not. Our family would still be whole."

Brice says Lily is the only bright spot in this terrible tragedy, but she hopes one day soon, her granddaughter will be the spark that will ignite Wallace's successful recovery.

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