Grieving Out Loud with Angela Kennecke

“Half my original family is gone” – Fentanyl’s deadly toll on families

After Heather Ruzic tragically lost her son to illicit fentanyl in 2015, she made it her mission to warn others about the danger. Yet, as time passed, she witnessed more parents suffering similar tragedies while the epidemic continued to impact her family in unforeseen ways. 

Heather’s first husband also died from fentanyl poisoning. She faced a battle with opioid use disorder herself, and her other son is grappling with fentanyl addiction. Despite it all, she refuses to remain silent. Instead, she’s bravely speaking out and advocating for change amidst the deadliest drug epidemic our nation has ever seen.

  • picture of Heather Ruzic's son Caleb who died from fentanyl poisoning