Former Fox News host Eric Bolling warns parents and children on the dangers of opioids

Former Fox News host Eric Bolling warned parents and their children of the dangers of opioid use on the six-month anniversary of the death of his son from an opioid overdose.

“6 months ago today I lost my college sophomore, my only child, my son, my best friend. To parents: ‘Not my child’ syndrome is dangerous and deadly. To kids: ‘One pill can kill,’” he tweeted Thursday.

Bolling says he’s become an “accidental expert” on opioid overdoses following the death of 19-year-old Eric Chase Bolling, his only son.

The younger Bolling was a sophomore at the University of Colorado when he was found dead in an apartment in Boulder, Colo., on Sept. 8. His death was ruled an accidental overdose that included opioids.

Eric Chase Bolling died the same day his father was ousted from Fox News after several women accused him of sexual harassment.

Bolling shared his son’s story at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.

“I will tell you I have become what I call an accidental expert in the topic of opioid overdoses and I didn’t want to be here,” he said.

He said his experience has inspired him to do “as much as I can to bring the opioid crisis to the forefront." He is volunteering with The White House to help combat the crisis by addressing both the supply and demand sides of the equation.

“We really need to talk to kids about how dangerous these drugs are,” he said.

He said he’s heard from hundreds of thousands of families on Twitter who have lost children to the opioid epidemic, including a young athlete who injured her knee playing soccer, became dependant on opioids during her recovery, and ultimately died from an overdose.

He said his own son unwittingly ingested a Xanax pill that was laced with Fentanyl.

Bolling accused Purdue Pharma, an opioid manufacturer, of “pushing the pain reliever on to the healthcare system.”

He urged parents to talk to their kids about the epidemic. “Use me as an example,” he said. “Read the sign and don’t have the ‘not my kid’ syndrome. Have the conversations with him or her."

Bolling told his story again at The White House’s Opioid Summit in March.

“We never saw it coming. We never thought we would get that call. Every parent doesn’t want it. We got it,” he said.

“Do your children a favor. Have the discussion with them. Do it again and again.” 

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Fox Host Eric Bolling sits on the panel of Fox News Channel's 'The Five' as pundit Bob Beckel rejoins the show at FOX Studios on January 17, 2017 in New York City. � (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: �ox Hosts Kimberly Guilfoyle, Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld sit on the panel of Fox News Channel's 'The Five' as pundit Bob Beckel rejoins the show at FOX Studios on January 17, 2017 in New York City. � (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: Eric Bolling of Fox News attends the Capitol File 58th Presidential Inauguration Reception at Fiola Mare on January 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol File Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Fox Host Eric Bolling sits on the panel of Fox News Channel's 'The Five' as pundit Bob Beckel rejoins the show at FOX Studios on January 17, 2017 in New York City. � (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Anthony Taitt , Anthony Scaramucci and Eric Bolling attend SkyBridge Capital Holiday Celebration at Hunt & Fish Club on December 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Adrienne Bolling and Eric Bolling attend SkyBridge Capital Holiday Celebration at Hunt & Fish Club on December 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Fox News television personality Eric Bolling arrives at Trump Tower, November 16, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Eric Bolling, Adrienne Bolling, Beverly Johnson and Bryan Maillian attend SkyBridge Capital Holiday Celebration at Hunt & Fish Club on December 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Hannah Davis and Eric Bolling appear on 'FOX and Friends' at FOX Studios on February 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Karl Rove, Hannah Davis and Eric Bolling pose for a group photo at 'FOX and Friends' at FOX Studios on February 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Eric Bolling speak on set as host Elisabeth Hasselbeck returns to FOX and Friends at FOX Studios on November 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Eric Bolling pose on set as host Elisabeth Hasselbeck returns to FOX and Friends at FOX Studios on November 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Eric Bolling attends the 2012 Charity Day Hosted By Cantor Fitzgerald And BGC Partners on September 11, 2012 in New York, United States. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 26: TV personality Alex Trebek (3rd R) and hosts of 'The Five' (L-R) Eric Bolling and Dana Perino attend FOX News' 'The Five' at FOX Studios on February 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 26: Co-host Eric Bolling attends FOX News' 'The Five' at FOX Studios on February 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: Beth Ostrosky Stern along with FOX & Friends host Eric Bolling promotes the benefits of adopting a dog from a shelter whilst visiting the set of 'FOX & Friends' at FOX Studios on August 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: TV personality Padma Lakshmi with 'FOX & Friends' hosts Eric Bolling, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade visit FOX and Friends at FOX Studios on April 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - OCTOBER 24: Eric Bolling and Liz Claman attend A Celebration for the Launch of THE FOX BUSINESS NETWORK at Temple of Dendur on October 24, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by JIMI CELESTE/patrickmcmullan.com/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Adrienne Bolling and Eric Bolling during 6th Annual Artrageous Gala Dinner and Art Auction at Cipriani, 42nd Street in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Shawn Ehlers/WireImage)
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