Family describes the horror of fatal fentanyl-heroin overdose

Family describes the horror of fatal fentanyl-heroin overdose

Cities across the U.S. are feeling the effects of fentanyl, a synthetic opiate that has been killing more and more drug abusers in recent months. One man is revealing the horrific impact a fatal fentanyl-heroin overdose had on him and his family.

Robert Jacobs told WCPO that he was completely blind sided by his 40-year-old son's death -- a fatal overdose cause by a combination of fentanyl and heroin.

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"It's just a senseless death. He was a good person. He didn't need to go this way," Jacobs said.

Jacobs found his son Adam McRoberts overdosed on the bathroom floor. Jacobs was with McRoberts' 18-year-old son when he found the body.

"There's just too many innocent people losing their lives over this," he told WCPO.

Just last week Jacobs said he found out that his son was using drugs. McRoberts experienced an overdose just days before the fatal overdose that cost him his life.

Paramedics who came to Jacobs' home in attempts to save his son told him there's a deadly mix of heroin and fentanyl going around their city.

"There's too many people dying out here for this stuff," Jacobs said. "I've learned a lot in the past few days about this stuff that I did not know."

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Family describes the horror of fatal fentanyl-heroin overdose

Fentanyl Citrate, a CLASS II Controlled Substance as classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency in the secure area of a local hospital Friday, July10, 2009.

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A seized counterfeit hydrocodone tablets in the investigation of a rash of fentanyl overdoses in northern California is shown in this Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) photo released on April 4, 2016. At least 42 drug overdoses in the past two weeks have been reported in northern California, 10 of them fatal, in what authorities on Monday called the biggest cluster of poisonings linked to the powerful synthetic narcotic fentanyl ever to hit the U.S. West Coast.

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Fentanyl Citrate, a CLASS II Controlled Substance as classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency in the secure area of a local hospital Friday, July10, 2009.

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Dory Bauler's unused Fentanyl patch packets. She is one of millions of patients who used the fentanyl patch, which delivers a powerful narcotic through the skin. The patch, brand name Duragesic, was the subject of a recent FDA alert. Patients are overdosing, sometimes they die. Mrs. Bauler came off the patch when she realized the drug was causing her breathing problems, a sign of serious trouble. This photo was taken at her home in Laguna Woods.

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A small bag of straight Fentanyl on display at the State Crime Lab at the Ohio Attorney General's headquarters of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 in London, Ohio.

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'If I don't put these on, it hurts to breathe,' says Smitty Anderson wearing Fentanyl patches to help him deal with the pain caused by multiple myeloma cancer, a blood cancer that affects the bones. Anderson worked at Savannah River Site from 1981 to 1998. The Andersons filed claims to get federal compensation for his disease, which he said came from working at the nuclear site. He had no luck. 'We've been going through so much red tape for years,' he said. 'My wife has to do all the work now. I just don't have the strength anymore.' He died on Nov. 5, 2015.

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