Faces of the Fentanyl Crisis

Dec 06, 2021
In the News

An army of parents are calling on Congress to take action and permanently place fentanyl-related substances in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. They are parents who deserve justice because they’ve lost a child. They don’t want anyone else to experience their pain. 

 These are their families’ stories and why we must make sure law enforcement has the tools they need to keep extremely lethal and dangerous drugs off our streets and from crossing the border. 

Bridgette Norring, Mother of Devin Norring 

“Devin was 19 when he was murdered by fentanyl. A Percocet that he and his 'friend' bought from a local drug dealer off of Snapchat contained 100% pure fentanyl. The 'friend' he was with when the pill was taken knew that Devin was in need of medical attention and instead of getting it, he walked out of my house after telling my youngest son, Caden, that Devin was sleeping. It was Caden who found Devin the following day. There was nothing we could do to save him. He was forever gone. We never received justice for Devin's death. We never will since the alleged individual who murdered Devin, lost his life just a few weeks ago after consuming his own pills."

Shannon Moss, Mother of Hayley Jean Moss 

“Hayley lost her life to fentanyl poison on May 19, 2021. She made a terrible mistake that took her life. I believe you should learn from your mistakes, not die from them.” 

Jaime Puerta, Father of Daniel Puerta 

 As reported by NBC News: “Jaime Puerta found his 16-year-old son Daniel unconscious in bed in their home in Santa Clarita, California, in April 2020. Daniel, who Jaime described as ‘very charismatic’ with lots of friends, had taken just half of what he thought was an OxyContin pill that Puerta believes his son bought through Snapchat.  

  “‘I called 911 and they were able to get his heartbeat back,’ said Puerta, who thinks Daniel ‘got bored and wanted to self-medicate' during the pandemic. 

“Daniel was declared brain dead at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and days later, Puerta and Daniel’s mother, Denise Johnson, made the agonizing decision to have Daniel removed from life support.  

“‘He passed away peacefully with his mother in his bed stroking his beautiful blond hair while I was holding his hand,’ Puerta said.” 

Amy Neville, Mother of Alexander Neville 

Her son’s obituary reads, “Alexander Hastings Neville, 14 years old, died on 23 June 2020 due to an overdose of fentanyl—a drug he mistook for something else. He self-medicated due, in some part, to the fact that he did not realize how much he was loved by everyone who came into contact with him.” 

Chris & Laura Didier, Parents of Zachary Didier 

As reported by KCRA3: “‘Zach was just a beautiful soul. He loved life. He loved people, he loved his family,’ said Zach’s mom, Laura Didier. 

“The Whitney High School senior was set to graduate in June with honors and had his sights on Stanford or UCLA. 

"‘He lived the most incredible life. But we have to talk about how he died because it’s information we all have to know,’ Didier said. 

“On Dec. 27, during winter break, Zach’s dad found him slumped over his desk with his head resting in his arm. He wasn’t breathing and CPR had no effect. 

"‘I was utterly confused and obviously in a fog and traumatized,’ Chris Didier recalled. ‘How does this happen? What happened? He just fell asleep.’ 

“What was first an inexplicable tragedy has since become a cautionary tale. Zach was a victim of fentanyl poisoning.” 

Lauren Newsom, Mother of Spencer Newsom 

“I lost my precious firstborn child Spencer Newsom on September 21, 2020 to fentanyl poisoning from what he thought was a Xanax. He is forever 20 and my angel in heaven. We are broken from his passing.” 

Background: The emergency class-wide scheduling order for fentanyl-related substances is set to expire on February 18, 2022.

These poisons can be as deadly and even more dangerous than pure fentanyl. There are deadly consequences if Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats allow this order to expire or continue to kick the can down the road with temporary extensions.

Republicans are leading to make the emergency class-wide scheduling order for fentanyl-related substances permanent. We’re taking action to ensure law enforcement the tools they need to help keep Americans safe.