My Stepson Died of an Opioid Overdose

Three weeks ago, my 18-year old stepson died in his bed. Police say it was almost certainly an overdose. We’re waiting for the coroner’s report to confirm. His primary drug of addiction was fake Xanax pills that are widely available and almost always contain fentanyl.

Fentanyl killed Michael Jackson.

Fentanyl killed Prince.

Fentanyl killed Tom Petty.

Fentanyl probably killed half of the 72,000 Americans who died of drug overdoses in 2017.

For reference, fewer than 59,000 Americans in military service died during the entire Vietnam War.

Most fentanyl comes from illegal Chinese drug labs, according to our government. Mexico is the second biggest source. I call them #FentanylChina and #FentanylMexico. Those are their brand identities now, at least to me. About 72,000 families come around to that opinion every year. The Trump administration is acting aggressively against the epidemic, but it’s a long, hard fight.

So I wondered how I can help. I have a plan. Read More about My Stepson Died of an Opioid Overdose