Mother hopes cocaine death not in vain

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Friends sang "Happy Birthday" to Natalie Warfield at the Brick Alley Wednesday evening.

She was the "very friendly" young woman who sometimes collected the cover charge at the door and checked IDs at the lounge on St. Clair Street. She would have been 23 Wednesday.

Instead, she died July 6 in Clinton County from a drug overdose after collapsing on a houseboat in the 76 Falls area of Lake Cumberland, according to Clinton Coroner Steve Talbott. Toxicology tests conducted at the state lab in Frankfort revealed she died of an acute combined effect of cocaine and alcohol, Talbott said earlier this week.

"You see TV commercials saying know your kids and know who they're with and where they're going," said Natalie Warfield's mother, Terri Rodgers. "You can do all of that, and you never know what they're going to do when you're not around. I don't care how old they are.

"I was as close to her as a person could be, and I still lost her. She was my best friend. I might eventually learn to accept that she's not coming back, but I won't ever get over this. You're not supposed to bury your kids."

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