British singer-songwriter Niki Tyler's recently released song and video titled "Something's Gotta Change" was composed, in part, in memory of an area woman.
According to Tyler, on July 11, 20-year-old Jaclyn Nicole Fisher passed away after a struggle with drug addiction that ended in a fatal overdose. Fisher lived in the Quakertown area. Tyler wrote that "Jaclyn was a fun and bright young lady who loved everything about life making her passing all the more tragic."
Jaclyn graduated from Quakertown High School and Upper Bucks Vo-Tech School in 2011 as a registered medical assistant.
According to Jaclyn's mother, Jennifer, the song was written not only to remember Jaclyn but also to raise awareness of the dangers of drug use and to give hope to people similarly affected. Of the addiction, Jennifer said Jaclyn told her that "One pill is too many and a hundred aren't enough."
An editorial that appeared in the Feb. 20 edition of the Town and Country described the recent rise of a new mixture of heroin and fentanyl that hit the streets. It was that combination that took Jaclyn's life.
Fentanyl is a narcotic that is typically administered to people in chronic pain. It is also used as an anesthetic and is considered 80 times more powerful than morphine. It can kill by inhibiting breathing and is typically only distributed in hospitals. The mixture can be lethal, and more than 25 deaths have been attributed to fentanyl-laced heroin in Pennsylvania over the past few months.
In a recent email, Tyler wrote, "It would seem that the heroin-fentanyl mix is a growing problem and naturally we would like the media to support this cause with us by helping us reach as many as possible."
Because of her addiction, Jaclyn had run afoul of the law and was living in a recovery house in Croyden, lower Bucks County, when she died – an area where drugs are reportedly more prevalent. What makes the story even more tragic is that she was dead for seven hours before she was found. According to Jennifer, the lax Pennsylvania laws regarding recovery houses don't provide proper oversight, regulation and licensing, making it so that "almost anybody can open one."
Jennifer is hoping to one day to open a recovery house in the north-western section of Bucks County where addicts could stay while recovering. "It's a lofty goal but we're hoping to do it somewhere down the road."
Tyler wrote that "after talking to Jaclyn's parents, Jennifer and George, and knowing the pain they've been going through, it made it even more important to me to reach as many as possible through the song; 'Something's Gotta Change' tells the story of struggle, loss and hope."
Proceeds from the song will go to a charity set up in Jaclyn's memory, "Jaclyn Fisher's Forever Fight." Tyler added that "through the support that will be available through the charity, maybe some of those tragedies of the future can be avoided." She is hoping to travel to the United States to visit the support houses that the proceeds of the song will be contributing to.
The song is downloadable and can be purchased from iTunes or http://www.nikityler.co.uk/somethings-gotta-change-cds-downloads.