‘All of our children are at risk’: A Leander family says fentanyl killed their son. Now they demand changes at all schools
By Arezow Doost, KXAN News, May 1, 2022
"It’s why Turner is now going to schools and talking to students about the dangers of fentanyl and the importance of carrying Narcan, the brand name for Naloxone, an emergency treatment used to reverse an opioid overdose."
'One pill that ended their lives': Austin moms on a mission to raise awareness on the dangers of fentanyl
By Pamela Comme, KVUE ABC, Aug. 21, 2022
A report from the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office found drug overdoses are the No. 1 cause of accidental death in our community. To shed some light on this issue, three Austin mothers organized a walk on Sunday to educate the public and raise awareness of the rising number of fentanyl overdose deaths.
‘Devastating’: Austin mom joins effort asking Biden to do more about fentanyl
By Grace Reader, KXAN News, Aug. 13, 2022
With National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day on the horizon, an Austin mom is joining families around the country in asking federal lawmakers to do more. Carilu Bell lost her son, Casey Copeland, to fentanyl poisoning less than a year ago. Bell has used her story to connect with other victims’ families and to advocate for more education locally.
‘One death by overdose is too many’: Travis County declares public health crisis
By Grace Reader, KXAN News, May 24, 2022
“I would give anything if this would have been done 2, 3, 4, 8 years ago,” said Carilu Bell, who lost her son, Casey Dean Copeland, to fentanyl in August. “I’m glad they’re finally trying to get this done.” Bell said the funding for resources is encouraging, but as someone who has been deeply impacted by this crisis, it’s the educational aspect she’s most grateful for.
At war with an invisible killer: Surge in fentanyl deaths prompt action from local, national agencies
By Zara Flores, Community Impact, Oct. 10, 2022
“Don’t ever think that this could not happen to your child because it can. So many parents, I’m sure, have thought that this would never happen to their child, and it has,” Bell said. “I’m very blessed to have had my child for 44 years. My heart was forever broken; my heart breaks more for these parents that are losing their young teens.”
‘My son did not want to die’: How (and why) fentanyl is ending up in pills
By Grace Reader, KXAN News, May. 12, 2022
They look identical to pills prescribed by a doctor, but they’re actually being pressed in homes and garages and they could be laced with a fatal dose of fentanyl. Increasingly, Central Texas families are reporting their loved ones took a pill they thought to be a Xanax, Adderall or Valium, but instead of receiving the expected benefits of anxiety relief or focus, a single pill is a death sentence.