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The opioid epidemic is surging, fed by the damage and isolation inflicted by the COVID pandemic. Teens are its latest victims. Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, made in China and India and distributed by Mexico’s transnational criminal organizations are the tools.
What can parents do? Talk to your teens. Know about their social media presence. Be on the lookout for sudden changes in behavior. Is this enough? Tragically, not always.
Narcan, the opioid antidote, is available over the counter. We need to get into the hands of not just emergency responders but the public too. And then there’s Suboxone, which lasts a lot longer. You can put it under your tongue and it places you on the road to recovery from addiction. But Suboxone is prescription only, and even doctors need special certification to prescribe it.
It’s been more than a year since Chris and Laura Didier found their 17-year-old son slumped over his desk inside their home near Sacramento.
“How does a vibrant, healthy, physically capable 17-year-old just no longer live?” his father, Chris Didier, told Fox News. “Chris just said, ‘our baby’s gone,'” his