There's an epidemic claiming more lives right now than AIDS ever did at its peak, and it's hitting families in Northeast Ohio especially hard.

While the numbers behind the opioid crisis are staggering, one family is determined to make sure their loss becomes more than a simple statistic.

Monday night at 11 p.m. after primetime Olympic coverage, Channel 3 News shares the story of one family who ended up becoming 2018's first casualty of the opioid crisis.

Hear from a mom who has emerged from the depths of despair to become a beacon of hope for other families who could suffer the same fate. Her words of heartache and hope could help someone else avoid becoming "just another number."