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Fentanyl exacts tragic toll in Clark County

Vancouver woman shares story in effort to help others

By Dylan Jefferies, Columbian staff writer
Published: April 21, 2022, 6:02am
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Jimmy and Tina Phillips at their home in Vancouver. The couple met at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in San Jose, Calif., in 1999. Over the years, they kept up a steady correspondence and they slowly fell in love. They reconnected in 2014 and married in 2015. In 2017, they moved to Vancouver from Florida. "He was the perfect gentleman," Tina said.
Jimmy and Tina Phillips at their home in Vancouver. The couple met at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in San Jose, Calif., in 1999. Over the years, they kept up a steady correspondence and they slowly fell in love. They reconnected in 2014 and married in 2015. In 2017, they moved to Vancouver from Florida. "He was the perfect gentleman," Tina said. "People would look at him and say, 'Wow, he's the perfect husband.' " (Photo contributed by Tina Phillips) Photo Gallery

Tina Phillips knows too well the pain and toll of addiction.

When she was 20, shortly after having her son, her husband’s life was tragically cut short, and she turned to drugs and alcohol to cope. She began treatment the same year. Now, at 55, she has been sober for 33 years.

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