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Parents share the deadly impact fentanyl has had on their families

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Tommy Farmer/Tennessee Bureau of Investigation via AP
These pills were made to look like Oxycodone, but they’re actually an illicit form of the potent painkiller fentanyl. A surge in police seizures of illicit fentanyl parallels a rise in overdose deaths.

Parents whose children have died from fentanyl want to make sure other kids, and adults, think before they take any kind of pill. Fentanyl is up to 50 times more potent than heroin and it's often pressed into fake pills made to look like prescription drugs. In the U.S., overdose deaths are at an all-time high and experts say much of that is being driven by counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl.

Tami Gottsegen's son Braden Burks died two years ago. She lives in Centennial south of Denver. Alden and Susan Globe, of Steamboat Springs, lost their daughter Madeline in 2017 and Andrea Thomas, of Grand Junction, lost her daughter Ashley Romero in 2018.