Father of teen who allegedly died from fentanyl speaks out

Michael Henderson Sr. said Michael wasn't a drug addict but took a pill unaware it was laced with the deadly drug.

Posted: May 21, 2021 9:57 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The father of Michael Henderson, the teen who was found dead from a suspected Fentanyl overdose on Saturday, said his son most likely ingested the drug without knowing. 

Michael Henderson Sr. said his son was bright and doing well in school. He was in a serious relationship with his girlfriend, who also passed away from an alleged fentanyl overdose. Henderson said Michael wasn't a drug addict but took a pill unaware it was laced with the deadly drug. 

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He said his death happened so suddenly, it's been hard to process what exactly happened.

"It's really tough to deal with because you don't expect to be burying your own child and I'm really hoping to raise awareness," Henderson said. 

Henderson said he wants other parents to be aware of fentanyl in the community. He said parents need to talk to their children and be present in their life.

He will be attending a rally on June 4 in Salem to bring awareness to Fentanyl overdoses in Oregon. That rally starts at 12 p.m. and goes until 2 p.m.

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