Local parents of child killed by fentanyl meet with US drug czar in Ohio

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Temecula resident Matt Capelouto,, far right, is part of a delegation called Coalition for Awareness of Synthetic Analogues that traveled to Ohio in October to meet with James Carroll, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy about fentanyl deaths in the United States. Valley News/Courtesy photo
When Matt Capelouto spoke up for the first time when he took to the podium back in February to plead with the Temecula City Council to pay attention to the fentanyl problem, he couldn’t have known how far his fight would take him. But after months of organizing, rallies and connecting with fellow parents who lost children after unknowingly ingesting fentanyl – a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine – he and his wife made their way to Ohio, Oct. 26, as part of a coalition to meet with James Carroll, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy for the United States. They were two of seven California parents to attend the meeting as a coalition of 25 parents and advocates who recently formed a new organization called Coalition for Awareness of Sy
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