A 20-year-old Colleyville man died of a fentanyl overdose last month and is one of five deaths linked to the drug under investigation in Lubbock.
Alongside Lubbock police, the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested three people last Thursday after a major fentanyl bust in Lubbock, everythinglubbock.com reported.
It is unknown whether the bust is related to the five recent deaths linked to the drug but the DEA is investigating.
Jameson Hess collapsed in the middle of the night and was unresponsive when he was taken to the hospital in Lubbock by a friend, his mother, Jennifer Hess said. After two hours of trying to resuscitate him, the ER doctors pronounced him dead.
Jennifer woke up to that call on her 50th birthday, she said.
Jameson, who attended Keller High School, was the middle child of three boys and spent a lot of his time playing and watching sports. He enjoyed golfing, snow skiing, snowboarding, lacrosse, disc golf, dirt biking and wakeboarding, his mom said.
On his Facebook page, many photos show him engaged in these activities alongside friends and family.
“He was a phenomenal athlete and had a heart of gold,” Jennifer said. “He was such a loyal friend, loyal son and had an incredible spirit for life.”
But she said she knew he had his struggles.
Jennifer said she believes her son started using marijuana as a teenager around the Keller and Colleyville area. By the time he was 18, he was using Xanax and pain killers, she said.
Jameson’s parents put him in a rehabilitation center last October in Stephenville, but he was only there a few days. Then they found out he was smoking heroin, his mother said.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s website, very small doses of fentanyl, which is about 80 times stronger than morphine, can be lethal and although it is very similar to heroin, it can be hundreds of times more potent.
Jennifer said she had never heard of fentanyl before this.
Fentanyl is a prescription drug similar to morphine that is used to treat patients in severe pain or after surgery, according to drugabuse.gov.
Jameson loved traveling and visiting new places, it was a time for him to renew and relax. According to his obituary, some of his favorite places were Colorado, Wisconsin, Georgia and Lubbock, Texas, where he spent his last days.
After seeing the story about the fentanyl drug bust last week in Lubbock, Jennifer decided she needed to speak out.
“I want to fight and I want to educate and I want to help other families so that they never go through this,” she said. “If this empowerment can overcome my sadness and my grief, I think ultimately it will get me through.”