Fentanyl & Fentapills
These are the groups I have participated in around fentanyl awareness, education, and advocacy.
Song for Charlie
After Ed and Mary Ternan's son Charlie died after taking ONE fake percoset laced with deadly fentanyl, the Ternans launched Song for Charlie. They introduced the term "Fentapill" - fake prescription pills containing fentanyl - and their website provides "Real Talk about Fake Pills" to young adults. Visit their website for tools for teachers and resources for parents too.
Parents for Safer Children
Created by Dr. Laura Berman and her husband Sam Chapman after their son Sammy died in their home from a fentapill bought on Snapchat, this group is a safe and information-filled space for parents, especially those who have been affected by their child's drug use and/or addiction and to those that have lost their child to it.
APALD = WE ARE APPALLED
Dan Schneider -
In 1999, after losing his son Danny in a drug-related shooting in New Orleans and lacking answers from police, small town pharmacist Dan Schneider beat the odds when he embarked on a dogged pursuit to find and bring his son’s killer to justice. But months later, the ripple effects of his son’s addiction and tragic death would find him again when a troubling number of young, seemingly healthy people begin visiting Dan’s pharmacy with high dose prescriptions for OxyContin. Sensing a crisis long before the opioid epidemic had gained nationwide attention, Dan stakes a mission: Save the lives of other sons and daughters within his community. Then take the fight to Big Pharma itself.
Dan is now using his platform to help raise awareness of fentanyl deaths as numbers climb.