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“Pawn Stars” Patriarch Rick Harrison Loses Son to Fentanyl, Pleads for Action on Opioid Crisis

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The tragic death of Adam Harrison, son of beloved reality TV personality Rick Harrison, has thrust the nation’s deadly fentanyl epidemic into the spotlight once again. 39-year-old Adam passed away in Las Vegas last Friday from an apparent drug overdose, according to Harrison family spokesperson Laura Herlovich.

On Monday, Rick Harrison confirmed to TMZ that his son’s untimely death was caused specifically by the synthetic opioid fentanyl. In a statement, the “Pawn Stars” patriarch called for more urgency in addressing the flood of illicit fentanyl into the country:

“Yes, I can confirm Adam died from a fentanyl overdose. The fentanyl crisis in this country must be taken more seriously. It seems it is just flowing over the borders and nothing is being done about it. We must do better.”

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Harrison asked the public for privacy as his family mourns the tragic loss of his eldest son. While Adam did not appear on “Pawn Stars” alongside Rick and brother Corey Harrison, he was dearly loved, as evidenced by his father’s emotional online tribute: “You will always be in my heart! I love you Adam.”

Adam’s passing comes as the United States grapples with record drug overdose deaths, the majority caused by dangerously potent synthetic opioids like fentanyl. According to provisional CDC data, over 112,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2023 – a shocking 15% increase from 2021. The death toll has surpassed previous drug crises like the 1980s crack epidemic and 2000s prescription painkiller epidemic.

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Experts say illegally manufactured fentanyl and fentanyl analogues are largely to blame. The DEA reports that just 2 milligrams of fentanyl – equal to a few grains of salt – is enough to kill. Yet the illicit forms flooding the streets can be up to 50 times more potent. Dark web drug traffickers mix fentanyl with other drugs like cocaine and counterfeit pills to stretch supplies and drive addiction. Many users have no idea they are ingesting the deadly opioid.

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Despite bipartisan promises to crack down on fentanyl trafficking over the southern border, analysts say no realistic plan has emerged to stop the flow from Mexico and China. Some experts argue increased funding for drug treatment and wider distribution of naloxone are better immediate solutions.

With midterm elections approaching, America’s worsening opioid epidemic is certain to become a contentious campaign issue. However, the tragic deaths of Americans like Adam Harrison underscore the urgent need for pragmatic policies and solutions, not political squabbles. His heartbroken father poignantly concluded, “We must do better.”

Mezhar Alee
Mezhar Alee
Mezhar Alee is a prolific author who provides commentary and analysis on business, finance, politics, sports, and current events on his website Opportuneist. With over a decade of experience in journalism and blogging, Mezhar aims to deliver well-researched insights and thought-provoking perspectives on important local and global issues in society.

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