Melissa and Daryl McKinsey first heard about “Mexican Oxy” last year when their 19-year-old son Parker called in tears.
“I need to go to rehab,” he said.
Several months earlier, a friend had given Parker a baby-blue pill that was stamped on one side with the letter M.
It resembled a well-known brand of oxycodone, the prescription painkiller that sparked the American opioid epidemic.
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Fentanyl is killing record numbers of Americans — changing life in Mexico, too.
I traveled to Guerrero, where poppy farmers are going broke, to Sinaloa, where it’s boom-times for traffickers, and to Arizona, where it took the life of an incredible kid. https://t.co/YnpzywrW12
— Kate Linthicum (@katelinthicum) September 1, 2019
“I’m the least proud of sending that drug,” a Mexican drug trafficker said of fentanyl. At least with marijuana, “I knew it wasn’t going to kill anybody.” Fentanyl is the perfect drug for Mexico’s traffickers — and a new top killer in the US https://t.co/TjQjIVotWj @katelinthicum
— Hailey Branson-Potts (@haileybranson) September 1, 2019