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Relationship therapist Dr. Laura Berman lost her son Sammy at the age of 16 last month to an overdose from fentanyl-laced Xanax. This week, she opened up to the “True Crime Daily” podcast about how her family is dealing with the aftermath of the tragedy.
Berman’s husband Sam revealed in the interview that he’s “dealing with terrible PTSD” from finding his son “on his back, having aspirated his own vomit.”
“That’s what we walked in on,” he said. “[I] had to resuscitate my own son, or at least try to, until the paramedics got here … no one should have to go through that.”
Berman also expanded on a facet of Sammy’s death she had previously discussed: That her son purchased the drugs he OD’d on via Snapchat and she discovered the alleged dealer who sold him the drugs through a friend of her son’s. (In February, Berman told Dr. Oz that Sammy had “never done anything beyond” marijuana before his death.)
“On the night that Sammy died, while the police were still in the house … I went running to the police, who were still in my house, waiting for the coroner, and said, ‘Look, here he is.’ And they said, ‘We’re sorry, don’t get your hopes up. Social media doesn’t help us really find these people. All they do is take the profile down, but then that person just pops right back up with a brand-new screen name and we haven’t ever been able to get any cooperation from [the social network].’”
Berman said that, after hearing that, “I started not only just almost dying of grief, as you can imagine, but the helplessness and rage kicked in. And that was too much to hold.”
Snapchat told Page Six in February that it would work with law enforcement on the case “and in all instances where Snapchat is used for illegal purposes.”
As for the couple’s other children — eldest son Ethan and youngest son Jackson — are coping in the wake of their brother’s death, Samuel said, “They’re doing … not that great, I would say.
“One of them gets pretty nervous and is worried about accidentally dying because his brother did, and the other one is getting triggered by all of the murder you see on TV,” adding that he is as well, saying “there’s nothing for it except time and feeling your feelings.”
“I think if there weren’t some PTSD and some lingering nervousness, sadness and anger, we wouldn’t be human.”
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