Calling himself an “accidental expert” on opioid deaths, former Fox News host Eric Bolling talks about his son’s tragic overdose in a CNN op-ed and shares the actions he’s now taking in response to his death.
‘Like many parents, we worried about the possibility he was getting involved with harder drugs,” Bolling wrote. “But we never expected this would happen to him. We were guilty of the ‘not our kid’ syndrome.”
Eric Chase Bolling, 19, was found dead on Sept. 8, and an autopsy revealed that his cause of death was ruled an accidental overdose due to “mixed drug intoxication.”
“The post-mortem toxicology report, which was completed on Sept. 11, revealed Eric Chase had cocaine, marijuana, alprazolam (commonly known as Xanax), and opioid drugs, fentanyl and cyclopropyl fentanyl, in his system,” People Magazine reported.
Bolling noted how his son “was a really good student” at the University of Colorado.
“He was a social kid, liked to go to parties and had joined a fraternity,” he said. “Over the year or so since he was in Colorado, Adrienne and I had discussed drug abuse with Eric Chase.”
Bolling, who was fired from Fox News one day before his son’s death over claims he sent photos of male genitalia to three former female colleagues, said they saw signs of trouble in his son’s last days but did not act on them.
“In the last few weeks of his life, Eric Chase’s personality changed dramatically,” he said. “He became distant. He stopped attending summer classes. He didn’t seem to care about talking to us anymore.”
“There were signs we noticed and signs we now wish we had done more to address.”
Bolling, who has been an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, shared how the president called him on Thanksgiving.
“Eric, I know this is your first holiday without your son. I just wanted you to know we are thinking about you,” Trump said, according to Bolling.
“I realized then that President Trump, the man who I supported since the first day he announced his run for the White House, had an empathetic and compassionate side most never see,” he said.
And now Bolling is working with President Trump to help combat the epidemic of opioid deaths.
“For the past few months I’ve been working directly with President Trump and his senior advisers handing the White House’s opioid awareness initiatives,” he said. “I pray my voice helps parents realize the importance of getting involved in their kids’ social activities.”
The former TV personality noted that there is no bias at play when it comes to drugs.
“You see, opioids are the unbiased killer of our most precious commodity, our children,” Bolling wrote. “Opioids kill athletes, straight-A students, white, Hispanic, black, rich, poor, gay, straight, girls and boys alike.”
He cautioned parents how “dangerous and deadly” it can be to take on a “not my kid” frame of mind.
“I never thought I would be an expert on opioids. No way. After all — not my kid,” the grieving father concluded.
“Unfortunately I was wrong. Don’t be like me. While you still have time.”
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