On November 15, 2020, Johnny and his brother, Ryan, were home with their father when they each took a pill they believed was Oxycodone. Both brothers were unknowingly poisoned by fentanyl when they took the pill. Johnny lived, and Ryan passed away.
“It was the hardest thing me and my family ever went through, losing my brother and almost losing me as well,” Johnny says. “I don’t know why I was chosen and why he wasn’t. And the fact that he is not going to get a whole life worth living just breaks my heart every single day.”

In the video above, Johnny shares what it felt like after he took the drug and how he learned his brother had died. And, the boys’ father, John, recalls the tragic night and how he fought to save both their lives.
On Wednesday’s episode of Dr. Phil, “Deceived to Death: The Fentanyl Crisis in America,” hear Dr. Phil’s advice for John and Johnny, who both say they’ve had a hard time moving forward with their lives. Plus, Dr. Phil delves into the fentanyl crisis that is killing thousands of teens and young adults in America. Hear from a former director of the DEA Special Ops and other families whose loved ones have died after unknowingly taking drugs laced with fentanyl. Check local listings to see where you can watch.

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