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Fentanyl & Fentapills

The epidemic unknowingly threatening Marin's most vulnerable teens

By Taylor Elliott and Keely Ganong - Redwood Bark December 18, 2021

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By Henry Pratt, Archie Williams High School - News Editor | November 1, 2021

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.

Facebook: Parents for Safer Children

Note: There is also a Private - Parents for Safer Children Facebook group especially for those who have lost a child to fentanyl poisoning



Cathy Lawley

Diane Urban


Cathy and Diane joined forces to honor their sons Michael and Jordan, who died from fentanyl and carfentanil poisoning. APALD's mission is to empower and engage the general public in working toward change, raising awareness and collaborating efforts to combat the synthetic drug epidemic. State groups focus efforts locally on Facebook.

Dan Schneider -

"The Pharmacist"

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.

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This new Facebook group gained nearly 2,000 members in its first month, launching in May 2021. This organization is solely dedicated to public awareness and education about the dangers of illicit fentanyl and to push for the changes needed to prevent illicit fentanyl related deaths and injuries.
Virginia Kreider lost her only daughter Tiffany to a pill laced with fentanyl in 2015 and shares her firsthand experience as the leader of this new Facebook group focused on the Fentanyl crisis.
Virginia also started the group PAIN - Parents Against Illicit Narcotics

Stop Fentanyl Deaths

Jacqui Berlinn is trying to save her son, Corey, from death by fentanyl. She is raising awareness of this ever-present danger sold by dealers, and demanding change by our government and laws - to help keep her son - & other children - alive.