Karen Langhart sends nearly 40 packages to friends before taking her own life

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Karen Langhart sends nearly 40 packages to friends before taking her own life

After her daughter died from a controversial contraceptive, former Durango resident worked as an advocate for educating women about their reproductive health
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To learn more about the Langharts' foundation, Informed Choice for Amerika, visit www.informedchoiceforamerika.com

Karen Langhart sends nearly 40 packages to friends before taking her own life

Karen Langhart, left, and her daughter, Erika, enjoy happier times in the mid-2000s in Durango. Erika Langhart died in 2011 at 24, and her mother died Thursday in Arizona at 56.
Karen Langhart sent about 40 packages to family and friends before her death Thursday. Contents varied, but some were filled with mementos and others with information about her family’s foundation that was created after her daughter died from using NuvaRing, a contraceptive. Durango Herald staff writer Ann Butler received a package filled with a personalized card and letters Langhart said she sent to others. She also included books about other women who either died from or were harmed by use of NuvaRing, information about the family’s fight against drugmaker Merck, and a pin that the foundation gave to donors. The hibiscus pin has Swarovski crystals and symbolizes “making a difference.”
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