Opioid abuse has been described as an ‘epidemic’ in this country and no one understands the pain of that kind of abuse can cause more than former Fox News host Eric Bolling. Bolling’s son, 19-year-old Eric Chase Bolling, who died from a tragic overdose in September of last year. Now Bolling is speaking out about that abuse, things parents can do and the help that he received from President Donald Trump.
Bolling now describes himself as an ‘accidental expert’ on the topic and what he’s doing to help stop the problem.
From Biz Pac Review:
‘Like many parents, we worried about the possibility he was getting involved with harder drugs,” Bolling wrote. “But we never expected this would happen to him. We were guilty of the ‘not our kid’ syndrome.”
Eric Chase Bolling, 19, was found dead on Sept. 8, and an autopsy revealed that his cause of death was ruled an accidental overdose due to “mixed drug intoxication.”
“The post-mortem toxicology report, which was completed on Sept. 11, revealed Eric Chase had cocaine, marijuana, alprazolam (commonly known as Xanax), and opioid drugs, fentanyl and cyclopropyl fentanyl, in his system,” People Magazine reported.
Bolling said that his son was a “really good student.” He was attending the University of Colorado where he had joined a fraternity. His dad described him as a “social kid” who “liked to go to parties.”
They spoke with him about drugs, but didn’t see the danger signs in the last days, Bolling admits.
“In the last few weeks of his life, Eric Chase’s personality changed dramatically,” he said. “He became distant. He stopped attending summer classes. He didn’t seem to care about talking to us anymore.”
“There were signs we noticed and signs we now wish we had done more to address.”
Bolling was having his own trouble at that point. He had been fired from Fox one day before his son’s death over alleged harassment allegations.
But Bolling said one thing that was a great aid to him after his son’s death was the support he received including from the President.
He recounted the story of how Trump had called him on Thanksgiving.
“Eric, I know this is your first holiday without your son. I just wanted you to know we are thinking about you,” Trump said, according to Bolling.
“I realized then that President Trump, the man who I supported since the first day he announced his run for the White House, had an empathetic and compassionate side most never see,” he said.
Liberal media tends to miss these stories that show the human sign of Trump because it tends not to fit the narrative.
Bolling said he is now working with Trump to help battle opioid abuse and deaths.
“For the past few months I’ve been working directly with President Trump and his senior advisers handling the White House’s opioid awareness initiatives,” he said. “I pray my voice helps parents realize the importance of getting involved in their kids’ social activities.”
Bolling explained how opioids kill without discrimination, “[A]thletes, straight-A students, white, Hispanic, black, rich, poor, gay, straight, girls and boys alike.”
He warned parent not to fall into the trap of “not my kid” that he fell into.
“Unfortunately I was wrong. Don’t be like me. While you still have time,” he said.
An important message to send.
And maybe media could spend a little more time on this problem and a little less time on imaginary conspiracies and look at what the Trump administration is doing to help combat the abuse.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]