Missouri mom shares photos of her son to bring awareness to addiction

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A Missouri mother's Facebook post about her son's drug addiction has gone viral. 

Jennifer Salfen-Tracy, who is from the St. Louis area shared two photos of her son:  one before he was addicted to heroin and meth as well as a current picture. Since Wednesday morning, her post has been shared over 26,000 times. 

Salfen-Tracy said the pictures of her son, Cody Bishop, were taken 7 months apart.

Cody graduated from Wentzville Holt High School in 2008 and was an athlete. 

"I have learned along this path that so many people and families deal with the same heartache but just do not talk about it," her post says.

Salfen-Tracy said her son is homeless in Las Vegas and she hasn't heard from him in weeks. 

"Hearing how bad he is doing is hard but not hearing at all is worse. The unknown is what makes a person not sleep at night."

She said she has turned it over to God and prays that Cody decides he is tired of the way he's living and wants to come home to get help.

"And Cody is you see this please call us... we love you!"

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