Dana Smith sat in her living room for five hours, shocked by the fact that her oldest son, Arthur Eisel, had just died from a heroin overdose.
According to The New York Times, Smith, whose other two sons also struggle with heroin addiction, received the phone call that every mother dreads while she was at work.
Arthur Eisel, as well has his two other brothers Robby Eisel and Ryan Eisel, became addicted to heroin after becoming addicted to OxyContin, a prescription drug often taken for chronic pain, said The New York Times. When OxyContin supplies ran out, their dealer recommended the switch to heroin.
Smith struggled watching her three sons try to break their addictions. She provided Arthur a place to stay, food, and occasionally even money that he likely used to buy more heroin.
"I was an enabler," she told The New York Times. "I was his mother."
Arthur went through a series of drug rehabilitation centers in the months leading up to his death. He broke free from his addiction and relapsed several times before taking the overdose that finally killed him, said The New York Times.
Investigators had been following the ring that sold Arthur the heroin that killed him long before his death, said The New York Times. Finally the lethal dose was tracked backed to Manuel Cazeras-Contreras, 30, and Vicotor Delgadillo Parra, 23, two immigrants that turned to drug trafficking when they failed to find jobs in the United States.
"I was living a hard life here in the United States," Parra told The New York Times.