Parents hope viral photo will help others learn from son’s overdose death

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As drug overdoses continue to plague communities throughout Ohio and the country, a mother and father are hoping their son’s fentanyl overdose death could serve as a cautionary tale. 

Brett and Debbie Gibney lost their son, Brent Gibney last fall. On Oct. 1, guards at the Franklin County jail found Brent, an inmate at the time, unresponsive in his cell. Three days later, he died from a fentanyl overdose.

“He grew up in a Christian home. We tried to give him all the Christian values available,” Debbie said. “It was quite a shock for us to see him turn that way.”

Now, a photo Brett and Debbie posted on social media is going viral with a message they hope will save lives.

The photo shows Brent, a penny, and a small amount of powder next to the penny with the caption:

“This is how much fentanyl it takes to kill you. BTW…this is not fentanyl, heroin, or meth. This is my son’s ashes!!! Remember this picture next time you want to get high!”

Brett said he felt this message had to be seen.

“We felt so strongly compelled by to let people know the dangers of fentanyl and how dangerous this stuff really is,” he said.

Every time Brett and Debbie visit Brent’s grave, it reminds them of why they need to continue to push through their grief to save someone else’s life.

“This is such a dangerous thing,” Debbie said.  “People just aren’t listening. Putting that picture on there was a very hard thing to do having our son on there.”

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the Gibneys hope this one will save thousands of lives.

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