Valdosta Daily Times


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Tanya Smith, right, sits next to a portrait of her daughter Taylor while sitting for a photo in her home, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, in Holly Springs, Ga. Smith, a Georgia police officer who oversees criminal investigations, is no stranger to battling the perils of drug abuse. Yet Smith�s current fight is personal, in memory of her 20-year-old daughter, Taylor, who died last year of a drug overdose after no one called 911 for help. Smith is among a group of parents lobbying on behalf of a bill that would grant amnesty from certain drug charges for those who seek medical attention in the event of a drug overdose. �My daughter died because people were too afraid to dial 911,� said Smith, a lieutenant with the Holly Springs Police Department. �This is taking that fear out of it.� (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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