In an awful example of the scourge that is the opioid crisis, two childhood friends have died because of drug addiction on the same day.
Two teenagers in Gwinnett County in Georgia who lived in the same neighborhood and were childhood friends both passed away within an hour of each other after they consume a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, according to reports. Joseph Abraham, 19, and Dustin Manning, 18, played on the same Little League team together, and eventually they fell into the same drug habit.
They actually had lost touch in recent years, but tragically and ironically, they became connected at the very end by suffering from the same scourge of opiate addiction. They passed away less than a mile away from each other, years after their addiction problems began in middle school.
They ingested their fatal doses on May 26, and authorities believe that the drugs came from the same dealer. The dose was so potent that they died within seconds. They are an example of what has become a growing epidemic in the United States, a health issue that has even attracted the attention of President Trump and the highest levels of government.
“Drug overdose deaths and opioid-involved deaths continue to increase in the United States,” the CDC says. “The majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve an opioid.1 Since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) quadrupled.2 From 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.”