Fentanyl-laced pills are killing young adults like Cade 

By
Shatterproof Editorial Team
An image of Cade Reddington crossing his arms and smiling at the camera.


From big cities to rural America, fake pills that look like Adderall, Xanax, and Percocet are now laced with deadly fentanyl. The crisis is growing and it's taking lives like Cade's.

Cade's Story

Cade and friend in a green field

At just 18, Cade Reddington lost his life to a single fake Percocet pill laced with fentanyl. He died in his freshman dorm room at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His friends didn't recognize the signs of an overdose, and by the time naloxone was administered to him, it was too late. 

The pill contained such a high dosage of fentanyl, even 4 rounds of naloxone couldn’t save him. 

Cade had been dabbling with taking pulls while a Sophomore in highshool, but later stopped. He told his family he had gone through an experimental stage. His parents assumed they were sending Cade off to college drug-free, except for the occasional use of marijuana. When his parents heard he died of a suspected overdose, it came as a complete shock. 

His story is a heartbreaking reminder of how pervasive this crisis has become.

We're committed to making a change 

With 80 percent of the 112,000 overdose deaths in the past year being fentanyl-related, we can't wait for someone else to take action. It's up to us to protect kids like Cade. 

We're creating tools to help families stay safe, training people about how to find naloxone and how to use it, and educating communities about the dangers of fentanyl.

Your donation can make a lifesaving impact. Together, we can protect our loved ones, and honor those like Cade whose lives were tragically cut short.

We appreciate your dedication to this cause and your compassion for those affected by the addiction crisis. With your support, we can change the trajectory of this devastating epidemic and ensure that no more lives are lost to fentanyl.

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