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Local Woman Says Son Died After Abrupt Release From Treatment Center Ahead Of Irma

A Westerville woman says her drug-addicted son died of an apparent overdose after being abruptly released from a Florida treatment center ahead of Hurricane Irma.  Kristy Herndon Whaley says the body of 25-year-old Kyle Whaley was found behind a strip mall in Delray Beach on Wednesday.  He became addicted to pain pills and dropped out of college in 2015.   His mother said he was relocated to Florida from Ohio for treatment due to lack of available beds. When Legacy Healing Center, northwest of Fort Lauderdale, evacuated September 8, Whaley said her son somehow wound up unsupervised at a sobriety house miles away rather than at the center's evacuation site.  The center declined comment.

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