Wisconsin parents lose their son to fentanyl and beg other families to know the truth about the deadly drug
As the fentanyl crisis hits young American teens and others right and left, two Wisconsin parents who are still grieving the loss of their college-aged son are trying to raise awareness of the issue so tragedy doesn’t happen. not to other families.
Rick and Erin Rachwal lost their 19-year-old son Logan to fentanyl on February 14, 2021.
The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee student took a pill in his dorm – where he later died.
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The Rachwals joined « America’s Newsroom » on Tuesday morning, October 4, 2022 to discuss the fentanyl crisis and what they are doing to spread information about it.
« The reason we’re spreading this awareness is because Logan is a great representation of so many other kids, » his mother Eric Rachwal said.
She is the co-founder of Love, Logan, a charity whose mission is to save lives through education while working to end the stigma associated with mental health and addiction.
She said talking to kids about drugs is — quite simply — about being careful.
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Now, she says, it’s literally a life-and-death decision a person can make — and she’s compared it to Russian roulette.
As the parents discussed the tiny amount of fentanyl that can actually kill someone, the segment showed the surprisingly clear comparison of a penny to a pencil.
Rick Rachwal, Logan’s father, said that comparison is very real.
« It’s just a few grains, the size of salt, that can kill the average adult, » he said.
Deaths related to opioid drugs in 2020 were over 40,000 – rising in 2021 to over 64,000 and in April 2022 to 72,935, according to the CDC.
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With the numbers rising at such a high rate, Erin Rachwal said education is the key to tackling this problem.
« Our country needs a plan to educate children at a very young age, » she said.
“We need to teach children from an early age that pills are not acceptable [for them] take. »
Just nine months after Logan’s death, another student in the same dorm took the same drug and also died.
« We have to do something, » Erin Rachwal said urgently.
« This campus and all campuses don’t have the education for these freshmen and these kids. »
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The Love, Logan Foundation is working to install Narcan kits in residence halls on all University of Wisconsin campuses.
Eventually, they hope to have them on every college campus in the country.
The family hopes to see continued media coverage of the subject as part of the effort to educate others about just how deadly this drug can be.
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Although the Rachwals know they cannot personally prevent drugs from crossing America’s southern border, they hope that pushing education and awareness will keep even one more person alive another day.
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Love, Logan currently has a billboard posted in Times Square.
It shows the faces of those who have tragically lost their lives to fentanyl in this country.