Moms of students who died of opioid overdoses warn others

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — They were good sons with promising futures who died of drug overdoses less than two months before they were set to graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno.

UNR seniors Jordan Watts and Ben Taylor died just 15 days apart in March 2019 from drugs laced with a fatal dose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

Their mothers, Robyn Watts and Teri Taylor, told the Reno Gazette Journal that their sons were recreational users who bought a couple of pills, unaware they were tainted with the deadly opioid.

“Jordan was an amazing boy. He was loved by everybody,” said Watts, whose son died on March 2, two weeks before his 22nd birthday.

Ben Taylor died two weeks later on March 17.

Never friends, the two are now linked by devastated mothers who sat next to each other in a courtroom when the drug dealers tied to their sons’ deaths were sentenced on Dec. 18. Two were sent to prison, and a third received probation.

“Looking at the boys responsible for our sons’ deaths … it didn’t seem like a couple of them got it,” Taylor said after the sentencing.Watts said it was important to share the story and to be in the courtroom for the defendants to see that what they did to the families.”I think the reason we really did this was to get this out in the community, especially in the UNR community,” she said.At an emotional hearing, Judge Egan Walker and Assistant District Attorney Amos Stege talked about the […]

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