Central Pennsylvania family speaks out about son's heroin overdose death


More than three dozen states are investigating the nation's opioid epidemic.

Forty-one Attorney Generals are demanding information and documents from nine companies that manufacture or distribute prescription opioids. One of those Attorney Generals is Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania.

He says his state see 13 people died every day from drug addiction.

There is no training, no preparing for losing a son.

The death of Thadeus Burke is ingrained in the minds of his parents Todd and Dorie. The 22-year-old became addicted to prescription pain killers in 2015. He died from a heroin overdose the next year.

"I woke up hearing my wife scream at 6:30 in the morning, you know, Thad wake up, Thad wake up," says Todd Burke. "And then emergency responders arrived and said there was no more they could do for our son."

"We had no idea how addictive turning to heroin was," said Dorie Burke. "I had no idea. Like, we do now. We do now."

Pennsylvania reported more than 4,000 fatal drug overdoses in 2016. That same year, more than 7 million opioid prescription drugs were dispensed throughout the state.

"His addiction did not define who he was," said Todd Burke.

After watching 60 Minutes on Sunday, Todd says he's outraged at how Congress, lobbyists and the drug distribution industry have responded to the nation's opioid epidemic.

"I would like to have Trump' ear and ask him to talk to Congress, to the Senate and to reverse that bill," said Todd Burke.

"I might just tell them about our son," said Dorie Burke. "If there are things that are hindering the war on drugs, then that needs to stop."

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