A mother from Beverlywood, Calif., has taken on the mission of preventing deaths stemming to overdose. She is interested in working with law enforcement and other organizations to prevent opioid-related deaths in the region.
Following the death of her teenage son due to fentanyl, a Beverlywood mother has embarked on a quest to prevent additional fentanyl-related deaths.
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Tyler Shamash, Juli’s son, died of a fentanyl overdose just after his 18th birthday in 2018. She has made it her life’s goal since his death to help prevent other families from suffering through what hers did.
While chatting with CBS reporters, she remarked, “Kids are expected to learn from their errors.” “They’re not meant to die from these,” says the narrator.
She erected a series of billboards in her community, addressing the current fentanyl epidemic, which has engulfed the United States, with over 100,000 overdoses documented in 2021 alone.
The sum was more than the combined number of gun and automobile-related incidents.
They presently decorate the sides of a building close to Hamilton High School in Beverlywood, where they may be seen by parents and students on their way to and from school.
“You won’t realize it has fentanyl in it until it’s too late.”
“Any medicine you purchase on the street or online might contain fentanyl.”
“One sentence. There is just one pill. Fentanyl is a lethal drug.”
“It’s possible that your first time using drugs will be your last. Fentanyl is a lethal drug.”
These billboards have a variety of statements aimed towards high school students and their parents, but all with the same message: Fentanyl Kills.
According to their website, Shamash co-founded Moms Against Drugs, a group whose mission is to “fight the overdose pandemic and promote the prosecution of drug traffickers who cause drug-induced fatalities.”
“He was always kind,” she added, noting that kids are subjected to much more pressure than most people realize. “He just wasn’t content with who he was and wanted to flee.”
Earlier in April, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a warning to law enforcement agencies around the nation about “mass overdose incidents,” citing seven documented mass overdose instances across the country, each involving three or more persons.
As a consequence, there have been 58 overdoses and 29 overdose fatalities documented.
Fentanyl is often found in illegally cut and sold narcotics such as pills and cocaine.
The billboards were also shown on Olympic Boulevard and Barrington Avenue from late December to mid-February, as well as Lincoln and Washington Boulevards from December to March.
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“It couldn’t be in a better place,” she said, “because I believe a lot of the time for billboards that are up high, the youngsters are busy on their phones and won’t notice them.” “Right after they graduate from Hamilton High School,” says the narrator.
Shamash explained that her battle to protect other moms from going through the same ordeal has sustained her over the years.
“I’d be crumpled on the floor in a heap if I didn’t have this. It gives me a cause to get out of bed every morning “she said
Moms Against Drugs is still seeking money to spread their message and develop instructional programs for schools across the Southland.