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Eric Bolling warns parents in emotional Opioid Summit talk: ‘Get involved in your kid’s lives’

The staggering rate of opiate abuse has become somewhat of an epidemic across the United States as Americans young and old suffer from addiction. But it isn’t just heroin that’s to blame for the opioid crisis: prescription painkillers like oxycodone, codeine, morphine, and fentanyl contributed to over 20,000 lethal overdoses in 2015, proving that even drugs you can get at the pharmacy can have deadly effects.

In an effort to spread this message and prevent further deaths from opioid abuse, former Fox News host Eric Bolling, who lost his son to a fentanyl overdose in the fall of 2016, spoke at the Opioid Summit at the White House earlier this week to share an emotional account of his heartbreaking experience — and a warning to fellow parents, especially those who think it will never happen to their family. “Do your children a favor. Have the discussion with them, and do it again. And again. Get involved in your kid’s lives,” he urged.

Unfathomable Pain

Eric Chase Bolling Jr. was just 19 years old when he died under mysterious circumstances in September 2016. Six weeks after his passing, the coroner’s report listed several drugs in Bolling Jr.’s system, including cocaine, marijuana, and a cocktail of xanax and fentanyl.

According to the investigation, Bolling Jr. visited a cocaine dealer in Denver just one day prior to his death, where he and an acquaintance purchased what they believed to be Percocet. But the pills were later revealed to have been laced with fentanyl, a painkiller stronger than morphine and heroin.

His father, Eric Bolling Sr., had just been dismissed from his post as a regular contributor to Fox News amid sexual harassment allegations when he heard the news.

“So my wife and I are out to dinner,” Bolling Sr. recalled. “On the way home, my wife was driving, and my phone rang — it was about 10:30 at night.” The former Fox host continued:

The first week into his sophomore year, Eric Chase died of an opioid overdose. At that moment, my wife, who was in the driver’s seat, we had pulled over to the side of the road, literally fell into the road. I had to gather her up, and we sat on the curb for about an hour — crying, talking, trying to figure out what happened.

“We never saw it coming,” Bolling Sr. said, choking up. “We never thought we would get that call.”

Watch Bolling Sr. share his full story:

Speaking Out for Eric

Bolling Sr. shared this story at the White House’s Opioid Summit earlier this week, but the former Fox host didn’t just relate his own experience: he also addressed what parents can do to help their own children avoid a similar tragedy.

Describing what he calls the “not my kid syndrome,” Bolling Sr. said that it’s important that parents take the necessary precautions and talk to their kids — even if they think it could never happen to them. “Not my kid syndrome is a killer.”

“You just don’t know. It very well may be your kid,” Bolling Sr. said. “Keep an eye on [them], you just might save someone.”

This White House summit is just one part of an ongoing effort by President Donald Trump and his administration to combat the opioid crisis. Bolling Sr. has continued to work with the administration as part of this push against the opioid crisis.