TV host Laura Berman says her son died of an overdose after a drug dealer connected with him on Snapchat

Relationship therapist and TV host Laura Berman is grieving her teen son who she says died of an overdose from drugs he purchased from someone he connected with on Snapchat, according to her post on social media.

“我美丽的男孩走了. 16 岁,” Berman posted on Instagram about Samuel Berman Chapman’s death. “在家庇护. 一名毒贩在Snapchat上与他建立了联系,并给他芬太尼 (原文如此) 绑扎的Xanax或Percocet (毒理学会告诉你) 他在房间里用药过量. They do this because it hooks people even more and is good for business but it causes overdose and the kids don’t know what they are taking.
“我的心完全碎了,我不确定如何保持呼吸,” 她补充说. “I post this now only so that not one more kid dies. We watched him so closely. 学霸. Getting ready for college. Experimentation gone bad. He got the drugs delivered to the house. Please watch your kids and WATCH SNAPCHAT especially. That’s how they get them.
CNN spoke with Samuel Chapman, Laura’s husband and father to their three children.
    He said their youngest son found Samuel in his room lying on his back “… and a classic fentanyl death pose, 哪里 … their breathing slows down so much their body starts convulsing,” Chapman described.
    Samuel had experimented with marijuana before, Chapman said, and they were actively drug testing him and he was passing the tests.
    There’s never been a hard drug in our house that we were aware of, until this Snapchat dealer met my son online,” 他说.
    Santa Monica police and paramedics responded to the home Sunday evening.
    那里, they found a minor who was unconscious and not breathing, 警察说, and despite their efforts, the teen died on the scene.
    Police said they believe prescription drug use was involved and added the investigation is ongoing.
    The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner is investigating the death, spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
    Snapchat spokeswoman Rachel Racusen said in an emailed statement to CNN that the company’s deepest sympathies are with the family.
    “在这种情况下以及在所有Snapchat被用于非法目的的所有情况下,我们致力于与执法部门合作. We have zero tolerance for using Snapchat to buy or sell illegal drugs,” Racusen said.
    Using Snapchat for illegal purposes is against the company’s community guidelines andwe enforce against these violations,” the spokeswoman added.
    We are constantly improving our technological capabilities to detect drug-related activity so that we can intervene proactively. If you witness illegal behavior on Snapchat, please use our in-app tools to report it quickly and confidentially, so we can take action,” Racusen said. “We have no higher priority than keeping Snapchat a safe environment and we will continue to invest in protecting our community.
    Chapman remembers his son as abeautiful soul.
      He had plans and dreams. He was a good student and a great friend to his fellow students,” Chapman said.
      Berman headlined “在与博士的卧室里. 劳拉·伯曼(Laura Berman)” 上 OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network and hostsThe Language of Love” 播客.