Dr Laura Berman’s 16-year-old son died in February
No charges are expected in the death of Dr Laura Berman’s 16-year-old son, Sammy Chapman.
Sammy died in February after purchasing a fake prescription pill using a social media platform.
On Tuesday, Berman’s husband Sam Chapman said the family had been told that the person who may have played a role in his death would simply go away.
“They say that because the drugs were purchased three days before his death, anything could have happened in the meantime,” Champman told WGN News. “It would be too difficult to prove that they were bought from the person who killed him.”
Chapman and Berman have spent the past year raising awareness about the increase in fake prescription pills and the role social media is playing. The death of their son brought the problem to light. The teenager is believed to have used a social media platform to purchase a fake pill, mixed with a deadly mix. For months, the police tracked down the person they claimed sold him, but that got them nowhere.
“I think everyone suspects he knew what he had done and went into hiding,” Chapman said. “He had the wrong child and there was a death.”
While Sammy’s parents may never see an arrest in this case, they don’t shy away from the issue. They say the combination of social media and drugs has the potential to get even worse.
“It’s a mess. Crime is on the rise,” Chapman said. “There’s no justice. What I’ve heard is that it depends on the parents. And helping law enforcement wherever we can. ”
Along with a public service announcement, the couple lobbied Congress for protection. In the coming weeks, Sammy’s Bill is expected to be finished. He will push for parent monitoring software on all social media platforms.
“What we’re hoping for is that we can bring some control to the parents and bring in a bill that is neither right nor left,” Chapman said.
Chapman and Berman could visit the capital in the coming months. MP Debbie Wasserman Schultz is leading the effort.
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