TV host Laura Berman says her son died of an overdose after a drug dealer connected with him on Snapchat
February 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20: Sex & relationship therapist Dr. Laura Berman attends O, The Oprah Magazine's O You! Event at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
Relationship therapist and TV host Laura Berman is grieving her teen son who she says died of an overdose from drugs he purchased from someone he connected with on Snapchat, according to her post on social media.
(CNN)Relationship therapist and TV host Laura Berman is grieving her teen son who she says died of an overdose from drugs he purchased from someone he connected with on Snapchat, according to her post on social media.
16 years old," Berman posted on Instagram about Samuel Berman Chapman's death.
A drug dealer connected with him on Snapchat and gave him fentinyl (sic) laced Xanax or Percocet (toxicology will tell) and he overdosed in his room.
Please watch your kids and WATCH SNAPCHAT especially.
He said their youngest son found Samuel in his room lying on his back ". . .
Samuel had experimented with marijuana before, Chapman said, and they were actively drug testing him and he was passing the tests.
"There's never been a hard drug in our house that we were aware of, until this Snapchat dealer met my son online," he said.
There, they found a minor who was unconscious and not breathing, police said, and despite their efforts, the teen died on the scene.
Police said they believe prescription drug use was involved and added the investigation is ongoing.
Snapchat spokeswoman Rachel Racusen said in an emailed statement to CNN that the company's deepest sympathies are with the family.
We have zero tolerance for using Snapchat to buy or sell illegal drugs," Racusen said.
Using Snapchat for illegal purposes is against the company's community guidelines and "we enforce against these violations," the spokeswoman added.
If you witness illegal behavior on Snapchat, please use our in-app tools to report it quickly and confidentially, so we can take action," Racusen said.
He was a good student and a great friend to his fellow students," Chapman said.