Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison Mourns Son’s Fentanyl Overdose, Blames Border Crisis

Rick Harrison, well-known as one of the main figures on the reality show “Pawn Stars,” has revealed the tragic loss of his 39-year-old son, Adam, to a fentanyl overdose. In a statement to Fox News, Rick confirmed the cause of Adam’s death and expressed concern about the escalating fentanyl crisis in the country, attributing it to challenges at the border.

“Yes, I can confirm Adam died from a fentanyl overdose,” Rick stated. “The fentanyl crisis in this country must be taken more seriously. It seems it is just flowing over the borders, and nothing is being done about it. We must do better.”

Although Adam never appeared on “Pawn Stars,” he had worked at the Gold & Silver Pawn, the shop featured in the show, before it gained widespread fame in 2009.

The fentanyl crisis, which has reached epidemic levels, has been a growing concern, with many attributing the surge to issues at the southern border. Rick Harrison’s statement reflects the frustration and grief experienced by families affected by this deadly drug.

Last year, San Francisco recorded its deadliest year on record for overdose deaths, largely due to the rise in fentanyl. In the first nine months of 2023 alone, the city witnessed 692 overdose deaths, surpassing the total for the entire year of 2022. The city is projected to exceed 800 deaths in the current year, surpassing its highest year in 2020 when it recorded 720 deaths.

Despite various policies aimed at addressing the crisis, the overdose deaths persist, raising concerns among experts. A troubling trend has emerged, with more victims found to have consumed both fentanyl and methamphetamine.

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