Stephanie Keegan says she was very close with her son, an eight-year veteran of the 82nd Airborne Special Forces.
"I'm very, very proud of the soldier he was," Stephanie said. "And when he came back from that second deployment to Kandahar, I could see that my child was somewhere in there, but it was kind of covered with this dark curtain."
Daniel Keegan had PTSD and issues sleeping. A friend gave him opioids, and Keegan quickly became addicted.
"Daniel used to tell me all the time that he was able to get his heroin ordered online with a credit card and Fed-Exed to his front door. He was a young man with PTSD who never wanted to leave his house and never had to leave his house," said Keegan.
Waiting for treatment, the 28 year-old died from his opioid addiction just weeks before his birthday. Local officials and lawmakers are joining together to try and stop deaths like Keegan's from happening with the Stop Online Opioid Sales Act.
"We're going to have a better glimpse on how we have to reform our access to information on the internet to shut down these illegal websites," said Representative Sean Patrick Maloney.
The law would require the DEA to collect data of online drug sales and make a yearly report, which would allocate federal resources at the right targets. Middletown Police Chief John Ewanciw says the federal legislation would also help locally.
"Law enforcement and legislators need to work together to come up with new and innovative methods for preventing parents and children in Middletown and other communities from being exposed to this type of illicit activity," Ewanciw said.
Maloney's office says the problems is expected to grow, but that lawmakers don't have enough detailed data to make a strong action plan. The congressman's office says one of the biggest setbacks is combatting international online sales, and other countries may not always be able or willing to provide that data.
Those pushing for the legislation say the don't want another family to go through what the Keegans have.