Opioids hit home in Columbus; 22-year-old dies of overdose

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Maya Earnest, named after the poet Maya Angelou, was always inspired by the world around her.

Her mom, Melinda James, remembers her childhood like it was yesterday. She and her ladybug, would binge Marvel movies, laugh, cook and do everything they could possibly think of together.

“She just came home and has always been full of energy,” James said. “And her personality, Maya had a really big personality.”

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