Motivated by friends’ deaths, she is setting up a nonprofit group and lobbying local officials — with some offering resistance and some expressing support.
Growing up, Katie Chamberlain walked the straight and narrow as a “dorky straight-A student.”
The Riverside resident attended a Christian school until ninth grade. The stark reality of drugs hit home the second week of classes, when a classmate died of a heroin overdose.
Over the years, the 27-year-old watched with sadness and despair as too many friends fell victim to illegal narcotics.