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Viral Facebook Post Is Chilling Reminder That Non-Prescribed Pills Can Kill You
Earlier this month, two 19-year-old boys in Arizona, Gunner Bundrick and Jake Morales, tragically lost their lives to an accidental drug overdose after each of them took a pill laced with fentanyl, mislabeled as the prescription drug percocet.
In an effort to raise awareness and prevent the tragedy from reoccurring, Bundrick’s aunt, Brandi Bundrick Nishnick, has composed a moving and chilling Facebook post — and it has gone viral in less than a day. Her message is an important one: taking just one unprescribed pill can kill you.
In the post, which has been shared more than 200,000 times in less than 24 hours, starts off by describing the evening that Bundrick lost his life. After a night out with his friends, Gunner, who had no history of drug use and was never considered a “problem child,” returned to his house with some friends to play video games and eat pizza.
“At some point during the evening, Gunner, and his friend, took a pill stamped Percocet, the very popular and easily accessible pain killer,” she said. “We don’t know why he decided to take ‘a pill’ that night. The only thing we can assume is that the curiosity of knowing what the ‘high’ is like came into play? Again, we can only assume."
Both boys died “pretty immediately” after taking the pill, according to Nishnick. “Both went to sleep and never woke up. That’s the most positive thing in Gunner’s whole story- that he felt no pain & didn’t suffer. (Although, positive is a generous way of putting it),” she added. “My sister in law, his mother, found both boys the next morning. She, and my nieces, tried to resuscitate to no avail. Both boys had been dead for hours and there was nothing they, or the paramedics could do.”
The pills that the boys took were “at the very least laced with fentanyl,” she explained. “We are still waiting on reports but there is a good chance it was more then 50% fentanyl. That’s enough poison to kill 10 adult males. According to the detective working on Gunner’s case, to draw comparison for perspective, 2 grains of table salt size of fentanyl will kill any adult. Think about that. Gunner never had a chance.”
She explains that things have changed in the last several years, and while “it’s very natural to be curious and want to ‘experiment’ with things as a teenager, that it’s very dangerous now. “Kids are experimenting with pills because they think they’re safe. They’ve seen them in their parents medicine cabinets from their moms car accident last year or from when their dad threw out his back. They seem harmless,” she wrote. “These aren’t the pills in your parents medicine cabinet. They are made in someone’s garage who is trying to make a buck...a buck at the expense of our children’s lives. THERE CAN BE NO EXPERIMENTING. None. It’s truly a matter of life or death."
She also points out a super scary fact about fentanyl — you can't see or smell it — and that it can kill you in an instant.
"Tell your kids 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."
Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Gunner Bundrick and Jake Morales. We hope that you will continue to share their story, so that similarly tragic overdoses can be prevented in the future.
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