Spotlight: America’s ‘new f-word’

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — For a parent, no pain can compare with losing a child. Lauri Badura lost her son Archie to the scourge of fentanyl.

“No mother wants to wake up and have to find the news that their child has been taken. This is something that is taking over America. This is the biggest crisis, I think, that we’ve ever faced as a nation,” the Oconomowoc woman recently told Fox News.

Archie was just 19 years old in 2014 when he died of an accidental fentanyl overdose. Synthetic opioid overdoses, primarily fentanyl, claimed 1,280 lives in Wisconsin last year — an increase of nearly 100 percent since 2019, according to the state Department of Health Services.

Nobody was really talking about the problem when Archie died from a substance laced with the deadly drug. He had no idea he wasn’t going to wake up, that he was going to die.

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