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Stevie Lowery
Pictured are Emily Wheatley and her three children, from left, Kylie Grace, 10, Kayden Jace, 2, and Laney Faith, 9. Emily has had a total transformation, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually since she stopped using drugs and alcohol on May 5, 2016.
Drugs in Marion County - Taking her life back

Editor’s note: This is the first story in a series about the local drug epidemic in Marion County.

Rock bottom had become a familiar place for 29-year-old Emily Wheatley.
She had been there before. Several times, in fact.
But, on Jan. 17, 2016, she hit a new low that rocked her to her core.
And while it seemed like the end of the world to Emily, it was actually the start of a new beginning.