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Dr Laura Berman's Son Samuel Dead at 16 — inside the Circumstances of His Death

Laura Beatham
Feb 09, 2021
02:50 P.M.
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TV host Dr. Laura Berman's son, Samuel, dead at 16. She shared the circumstances of his death on her Instagram page.

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The Oprah Winfrey Network TV host, Dr. Laura Berman, shared the circumstances behind her 16-year-old son, Samuel's death, in a heartbreaking message on her Instagram page.

The "In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman" host shared a picture of herself and her son, alongside a caption that revealed that he had passed away from a drug overdose at home.

Dr. Laura Berman pictured at the 36th Annual Gracie Awards Gala, 2011, Beverly Hills, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Dr. Laura Berman pictured at the 36th Annual Gracie Awards Gala, 2011, Beverly Hills, California. | Photo: Getty Images

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Berman wrote that he had overdosed from fentanyl-laced Xanax or Percocet, which he had got from a drug dealer through the social media platform Snapchat.

She shared that Samuel had overdosed in their home, despite his parents having watched him closely. She wrote in the caption:

"We watched him so closely. Straight A student. Getting ready for college. Experimentation gone bad. He got the drugs delivered to the house."

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She explained that drug dealers lace the pills with fentanyl as it makes users more addicted to the substance, making more money.

Unfortunately, fentanyl makes overdoses more likely to occur. Generally, users, especially teenagers, are not aware that they are taking such a deadly substance.

The opioid and fentanyl crisis has been called an epidemic as overdoses from the drugs count for more deaths than car accidents.

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She warned parents to watch their kids, especially their usage of the social media app, Snapchat as this is how drug dealers contact potential buyers.

The mom of three wrote that her heart was shattered, and she did not know how she would continue to breathe. However, she wanted to share her story so others would not be harmed. She wrote:

"My heart is completely shattered and I am not sure how to keep breathing. I post this now only so that not one more kid dies."

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Samuel was the relationship therapist's middle child. She had two more sons, Ethan her eldest was born in 1999. The youngest, Jackson, was born in 2005.

Many of the TV personality's fans shared their condolences for Berman and her family in the comments. In contrast, others shared similar stories of their loss because of the opioid and fentanyl crisis.

According to the National Safety Council's analysis of CDC data, the opioid and fentanyl crisis has been called an epidemic as overdoses from the drugs count for more deaths than car accidents in the US.

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outlined tips on how to pretend family members from becoming victims of addiction. The author, Marguerite Ward, lost her brother to an overdose.

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