Hudson Valley mother raises awareness of dark web dangers

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A Hudson Valley mother is raising awareness of the dangers of the dark web and online access to drugs that killed her son.

Stephanie Keegan is fighting alongside Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and other officials. She lost her son Daniel Keegan, a combat Army veteran, in January 2016 after he purchased a deadly dose of heroin online.

Keegan tells News 12 that her son's addiction was fueled by PTSD when he returned from two deployments in Afghanistan.

"When he came back. I knew right away he had something going on," she says. His illness left him homebound and he turned to the dark web to self-medicate and buy heroin from companies overseas.

"He could get online, order what he wanted and have it FedEx'd to his front door," she says.

Rep. Maloney joined Keegan and other officials on Monday to introduce the "Stop Online Opioid Sales Act." The proposed act would require the federal government to gather information to combat the growing problem. He says he wants the online drug trade monitored by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

"This has become a huge business and we don't have federal data on it, and we are behind the curve," he says.

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