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They never imagined their son would die from one fake pill bought on social media
December 18, 2021

Source: San Francisco Chronicle Lauren Hernández | Dec. 18, 2021 Updated: Dec. 19, 2021 8:58 p.m. Mary and Ed Ternan had just slipped into bed at their Pasadena home when they heard the phone ring and knocking at their door. A pastor from their parish and two family friends were at their doorstep, phoning the […]

US needs to work with China, Mexico ‘much more aggressively’ to stop fentanyl flow
December 8, 2021

Sen. Portman is also urging the Biden admin to work with the private sector on an awareness campaign about fatal ‘fake pills’ By Kelly Laco| Fox News Source: Fox News EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is vowing to keep the pressure on the Biden administration to address the opioid crisis head-on by working more […]

What Are ‘Fentapills’? What Young People Need To Know

Counterfeit prescription pills — primarily fentanyl — continue to drive the death toll in America’s opioid epidemic. Ed Ternan, President of the nonprofit charity Song for Charlie, joins host Tetiana Anderson to share his family’s story — and how their personal experience sparked an educational campaign targeted at teens and young adults. Hosted by: […]

Parents of poisoned sons warn of deadly ‘fentapill’ danger
December 1, 2021

by Evan Schreiber Thursday, December 2nd 2021 Credit: KTU2 ABC Jennifer and Jon Epstein talked to KATU about the death of their son, Cal, from accidental fentanyl poisoning. The family has joined together with others who have gone through similar tragedies to share a warning about the deadly danger. (KATU) PORTLAND, Ore. — The […]

Family turns grief into action after 22-year-old son dies from accidental fentanyl poisoning
November 24, 2021

By Jovana Lara ABC EYEWITNESS NEWS 7 Wednesday, November 24, 2021 8:30PM Link to Original Article Here The Ternans have focused their efforts on social media with their campaign, Song for Charlie. Eighteen months ago, Ed and Mary Ternan’s 22-year-old son, Charlie, was found dead in his dorm at school, just three weeks before […]

USA Today: As illegal drug trade goes from the corner to the web, rising deadly threat of fake pills
November 1, 2021

Just 2 milligrams of fentanyl can kill. Fake pills are created to look like the real thing, killing more Americans, including teens and young adults. USA TODAY Anne Milgram Opinion contributor Published 8:00 a.m. ET Oct. 31, 2021 Ed and Mary Ternan lived a parent’s worst nightmare. On May 14, 2020, they lost their son […]

Fentanyl is one reason why the U.S. drug addiction crisis is roaring back
October 19, 2021

October 19 | Link to article Heard on Morning Edition STEVE INSKEEP BRIAN MANN MADELYN BECK Nationwide deaths related to black market fentanyl pills are rising. Many victims are people who got hooked on pain pills following medical procedures. TRANSCRIPT STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: For the first time ever, the United States may top 100,000 […]

Snapchat takes steps to combat sale of lethal “fentapills” on their platform
October 16, 2021

Clara Harter | Santa Monica Daily Press | Link to Article On the evening of Feb. 7 Santa Monica teen Sammy Berman Chapman asked his dad for a cheeseburger and went to his bedroom. An hour later his mother found him dead on the floor. Sammy was killed by a Xanax pill laced with fentanyl, […]

Snapchat boosts efforts to root out drug dealers
October 7, 2021

Oct. 7, 2021, 6:00 AM EDT By Olivia Solon Article Link Snapchat has developed new tools and educational content to crack down on the sale of deadly counterfeit pills on the messaging app. These tools aim to warn users about the dangers of those pills in an effort to keep its community safe from the […]

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Patient Outreach Campaign
August 26, 2021

Our patient outreach campaign continued this morning with #NABP President Caroline Juran and Ed Ternan of Song for Charlie speaking to audiences around the country about only buying medicine from verified pharmacies. Ed shared how he lost his son to a fake pill bought on social media, and Caroline talked about patient resources at […]

‘One pill can kill’ social media push targets youth with fentanyl danger message
July 20, 2021

Melanie Wingo | Source: KCRA3 Sacramento News Families channel grief into action to partner with Snapchat, Facebook, Google to get the word out about fentanyl poisonings A new public service campaign about the potentially deadly consequences of taking fake prescription pills is reaching teens and young adults right where they hang out the most: social […]

These Pills Can Kill You
July 15, 2021

Snapchat’s @GoodLuckAmerica has a new special episode devoted to the fentanyl epidemic. Watch the exclusive interview with our founder, Ed Ternan and host @PeterHamby. One Pill Can Kill: Take the Pledge We are announcing the launch of our national social media awareness #ONEPILLCANKILL campaign to educate young people about the hidden dangers of “Fentapills” (fake […]