Elanor McDonald

Forever : 18
Flagstaff, AZ
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Submitted by: Jerel McDonald
To Whom it may concern,

On August 6th 2022, my family's lives were changed forever when my only daughter, Elanor Mae McDonald, died of fentanyl poisoning. Ellie was 18 and had just graduated from Flagstaff High. She was 10 days away from starting classes at the University of Arizona.

She was an incredible daughter: smart, kind, funny, generous, and loved by friends and family alike.

She had more than the usual experimentation with drugs but had really turned her life around. Unfortunately, whether due to the stress of leaving home, or some other reason, she relapsed and sought solace in substances. A "friend" gave her what Ellie thought were Percocets. They were counterfeit pills containing fentanyl. We found her the next day, in her bedroom, her body already cold.

While there is nothing you can do to fix our unbearable grief, I hope you will do everything you can to fight this scourge that is killing more Americans each year than we lost in the entire Vietnam War. Fentanyl kills more young Americans every year than guns and cars combined yet nothing is done.

I ask you to do everything you can to:

* Attack the fentanyl producers, traffickers, and dealers to make their lives a living hell so that they will be persuaded to make money elsewhere.

* Provide education for kids and parents. People still know very little about the dangers of fentanyl.

* Investigate social media giants who allow blatant drug dealing on their platforms while making money off of our kids.

* Provide prevention tools for addiction and mental health.

* Improve border security and challenge Mexico to stop fentanyl at our borders.

Nothing can ever replace my precious daughter or heal the pain I experience every day. But if one child can be saved and one family saved from the living hell our lives have become, it will be worth it.

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