Mom warns of dangers of fentanyl by posting picture of dying son on Facebook

Sherri Kent in the hospital with her son, Michael, who died from a fentanyl overdose. Obtained by Global News

A picture posted on social media of a young man dying after taking fentanyl has been shared more than 90,000 times.

A Calgary mom, Sherri Kent, posted the heartbreaking picture last week with a warning to others.

“I just want everyone to know that my son Michael overdosed on fentanyl,” said Kent in her Facebook post. “My son was not an addict he made a mistake that cost him his life.”

In the photo, Kent is lying on the hospital bed with her son. He appears to be intubated and unconscious.

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Michael passed away on March 21. He was just 22 years old.

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His obituary reads: “Michael was larger than life and giving to a fault.”

“I’ve lost my son to this horrible tragedy and want to make parents aware that it can happen to anyone,” wrote Kent.

Fentanyl is an opioid-based painkiller roughly 100 times stronger than morphine, which can be fatal even in tiny doses.

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