Grieving Out Loud with Angela Kennecke

Parents seek solutions with Snapchat following son’s tragic death from deadly pill purchase

In this episode of Grieving Out Loud, we delve into the poignant story behind “Song for Charlie.” Ed and Mary Ternan deeply value the song, but its origin is rooted in profound loss. Their son Charlie, believing he was purchasing Percocet on Snapchat, was tragically misled and consumed a counterfeit pill laced with deadly fentanyl.

Listen as Ed recounts the events surrounding Charlie’s untimely passing, his fervent message to others, and how his non-profit, Song for Charlie, is working diligently with social media platforms to try to curtail the online distribution of deadly pills.

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Ed Ternan's son, Charlie