Former Fox News TV personality Eric Bolling is raising awareness about how his son died so that other parents won't have to go through what he went through. Last September, Eric's son Eric Chase Bolling died and in October, it was revealed that the 19-year-old died from an accidental overdose that included opioids. But now, nearly five months after his son's passing, Eric stopped by the Totally BS With Bill Stanton show on the Law & Crime network to open up about the dangers of the drug fentanyl and the role it played in his son's death.
"He bought Xanax from someone. It was a street Xanax. Turns out it was laced with Fentanyl," the 54-year-old told show host Bill Stanton. "Now Fentanyl, you probably heard about it, what maybe people don’t realize is that Fentanyl is a drug that they use for last-stage cancer victims typically when the pain is so overwhelming. Fentanyl is about 10,000 times stronger than Morphine — that’s how strong this Fentanyl. Cops will go into a bust and they’ll be Fentanyl on it and they’ll have to wear gloves [to touch] the Fentanyl."
Happy Fathers Day to me. Happy Fathers Day to me ...Happy Fathers Day dear Eric.. pic.twitter.com/0nsqWirLLP— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) June 18, 2017
Eric explained that drug distributors will lace other popular drugs like Xanax or heroin because the fentanyl will enhance the drug and make it stronger so that people who buy that drug will continue to do so. Bill asked Eric to open up about any warning signs he saw that could have hinted at his son's drug use so that other parents can watch out for similar signs in their kids.
"The only sign I really saw and it’s a very good question. I didn’t see any signs, I knew he was going to the University of Colorado, marijuana is legal in Colorado, not at his age but it’s still legal and very accessible. When he was in high school, he drunk and sometimes you’d smell some weed in the basement…we had a thousand talks about the dangers of hard drugs. A thousand talks. And he’d always say, 'Dad, I got this. Dad, I got this,'" Eric said. "The last week or so, maybe the last two weeks, his behavior changed pretty dramatically. Now he was in Colorado, he stayed for the summer, he was supposed to be going to summer school. He dropped out, didn’t tell me. And it was over the span of two weeks, he hooked up with some, you know — the wrong people, who were pushing the wrong stuff on him and it changed his life very quickly. And the point is, it can happen that fast." Watch the video below to see a clip from the interview.
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