Wisconsin parents lose son to fentanyl, beg other families to know the truth about the deadly drug
With the fentanyl crisis hitting young American teens and others right and left, Wisconsin parents still grieving the loss of their school-age son try Spreading more awareness of the issue So that tragedy does not happen to other families.
Rick and Erin Raschwal lost their 19-year-old son Logan to fentanyl on February 14, 2021.
At the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, a student took a pill in his dorm room – where he later died.
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“The reason we’re spreading this awareness is because Logan is such an amazing representation of so many other kids,” said mum Eric Rashuall.
She is the co-founder of Love, Logan – a charity whose mission is to save lives through education while working to end the stigma associated with Mental health and drug addiction.
She said the discussion with children about drugs was, quite simply, about being careful.
Now, she said, this is literally a life-or-death decision anyone can make — and she compared it to Russian roulette.
While the parents were discussing the exact amount of fentanyl that could kill a person, the clip showed a surprisingly clear comparison between a coin and a pencil.
Logan’s father, Rick Rashuall, said this comparison is very real.
“It’s just a few grains, the size of a salt, that can kill the average adult,” he said.
The number of opioid-related deaths in 2020 was more than 40,000 — rising in 2021 to more than 64,000 and in April 2022, to 72,935, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
With numbers rising at such a high rate, Erin Rashuall said education is key to combating the issue.
“Our country needs a plan to educate children at a very early age,” she said.
“We need to teach children from an early age that grains are not okay [for them] Takes.”
Just nine months after Logan’s death, another student in the same building took the same drug and also died.
“We need to do something,” Erin Raschwal quickly said.
“This campus and every campus doesn’t have the education for these new students and these kids.”
The Love, Logan Foundation is working to install Narcan collections in halls of residence on all University of Wisconsin campuses.
Ultimately, they hope to get it in all the universities in the country.
The family hopes to see continued media coverage of the topic as part of efforts to educate others about the dangers of this drug.
Although the Rachwals know they cannot personally prevent the movement of drugs across America’s southern border, they hope that enhanced education and awareness will keep only one person alive another day.
Love, Logan is currently a billboard posted in Times Square.
It shows the faces of those who, tragically, lost their lives to fentanyl in this country.