Two young lives were lost and now the families are spreading a message that may be crucial in saving the children of other parents.
Residents of Prescott Valley, Arizona, will always remember Gunner Bundrick and Jake Morales as two exceptional young boys who were important part of the community. They were both 19 at the time of their death and big things were awaiting for them, such as bright football careers, but it all ended in a blink of an eye.
“Very popular on campus, around town,” said David Moran, their former football coach.
“They’ve created a lot of memories for our students and our coaches.”
It was November 2, and the boys were out having fun. When they returned home at around 3:40, they did what every college students would do, ate some pizza and played video games. Unfortunately, that’s when they were last spotted alive.
At some point, the teenagers took a popular painkiller, Percocet, which turned into a deadly decision.
The investigation revealed that the pills were laced with 50% fentanyl witch is a synthetic opioid often used as a recreational drug, usually mixed with heroin or cocaine. Kids that take it are not aware how powerful it is as the lethal amount is as much as a few grains of sand. The fentanyl in the container below is enough to kill a grown man.
“Part of the challenge is just how potent fentanyl is that even a small amount, particularly in someone who doesn’t regularly use opioids, can be so deadly,” Dr. Sarah Wakeman, an addiction medicine physician, told Rolling Stone.
According to Brandi Bundrick Nishnick, Gunner’s aunt, the amount of this synthetic opioid that was inside the painkiller her nephew took was “enough poison to kill 10 adult males.”
In 2017, the CDC estimated there was a 10% increase in overdoses compared to the year before. Out of the 70,000 cases reported, more than two-thirds had been caused by opiates— with fentanyl being credited as the extreme driver. “The rising overdose numbers make the drug epidemic more deadly than gun violence, car crashes or Aids, which have never killed as many people in a single year,” reported The Guardian. “It represents nearly 200 people dying from overdoses every day in 2017.”
Brandy felt the urge to share her nephew’s story with the world in hopes of preventing other young kids to do the same mistake that cost Gunner his life. “I’m sharing Gunner’s story because Gunner had a whole life ahead of him,” she wrote. “He had goals and aspirations. He wanted to be a dad. He wanted to continue to play football and baseball in college. He wanted to go hunting and fishing with his grandpa. Gunner wasn’t done.”
“One bad choice, one stupid minor mistake was all it took. Gunner never had a chance.”
We should be extremely cautious when it comes to educating the youths of the severe consequences of abusing any type of drugs. “These aren’t the pills in your parent’s medicine cabinet,” she wrote. “They are made in someone’s garage who is trying to make a buck… a buck at the expense of our children.”
She asked moms and dads out there to spread Gunner’s story.
“Show them his picture. I can’t describe the amount of pain my brother, sister-in-law and Gunner’s sisters are going through. A pain that will NEVER end. A hole that will NEVER be filled. A life that will never be brought back.
A beautiful life. Gone forever.”
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