The mother of a boy who died of fentanyl, given instead of Percocet by a dealer, has advice for other parents. Laura Didier, whose 17-year-old son, Zachary Didier, died of fentanyl poisoning in December 2020, spoke with Fox News host Martha MacCallum on “The Story” Friday.
She delivered a sobering message to parents of teenaged children.
Zachary Didier, a student athlete at Whitney High School, purchased what he thought was Percocet from Sacramento resident Virgil Bordner on Snapchat, according to a Sacramento Bee report.
Bordner, who called Didier a good friend, was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment for selling drugs to a minor with time added for inflicting great bodily harm.
Laura and Chris Didier, the dead teen’s parents, joined Placer County’s public awareness campaign “1 Pill Can Kill,” according to the report. The program is designed to warn parents and their children about fentanyl’s danger.
They have addressed more than 12,000 students at school assemblies and discussed the death of their son in a three-episode podcast. Law enforcement officers explain fentanyl pills are not laced prescription pills. They describe the fentanyl as being pressed into fake pills known as “fentapills” that create a higher rate of lethal poisonings among one-time users. Dealers are reportedly selling the fake pills using social media and money exchange apps.
“Our message is just to really be aware of the dangers out there,” Laura Didier told MacCallum. “Zach’s dad and I are actually not a couple, but we are Team Zach completely. When we lost him, we made a joint agreement.”
“It should be to, you know, as his advocates here on Earth, and it’s just important that parents understand this is out there and our kids can access this so easily,” she added. “There don’t have to be “red flags.”
Their discussion on “The Story” emphasized that many teens dying from fentanyl are not addicted to the drug, but their deaths are equally tragic. The dead teen’s mother declared it was important for parents to know that there may not be any red flags.
“[Y]ou might lose a child to fentanyl,” Didier said, “even if there is no addiction history.”
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