Child­hood friends die on same day, half a mile apart

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Twenty sec­onds is all it took to kill 19-year-old Dustin Man­ning. His dev­as­tated par­ents, Greg and Lisa Man­ning, said the tox­i­col­ogy re­port found he had taken a toxic mix of heroin and fen­tanyl, a syn­thetic opi­oid so pow­er­ful it’s of­ten fa­tal.

“The amount of fen­tanyl in his body was the equiv­a­lent to three grains of salt. That’s all it took to kill a 180-pound guy,” said Greg Man­ning.

Ac­cord­ing to, Dustin died on Fri­day, May 26, in Lawrenceville, a sub­urb on the out­skirts of At­lanta.

At 6:09 a.m., paramedics were called to a home with re­ports of an un­re­spon­sive teenager. Dustin was dead.

“I had told him I’d get him up early for work, and I came up around 5:45 to wake him up, and when I opened the door, he looked like he was ty­ing his shoes. Very quickly I re­al­ized, grabbed him and he was cold,” said Greg Man­ning.

Lisa Man­ning was at the gym when she got the call from her hus­band. “He said, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, call 911.’ I didn’t ask any ques­tions. I knew.”

Less than an hour later, at 6:53 a.m., another phone call was placed to 911.

Half a mile down the road, 18-year-old Joseph Abra­ham was found slumped on the floor by his par­ents, Dave and Kathi Abra­ham. He had no pulse.

“I started yelling and yelling and yelling, ‘Joe, Joe — wake up, man!’ And then I re­al­ized there was some­thing re­ally wrong,” said Dave Abra­ham.

“As soon as I saw him, I knew and I just ran and I just started hold­ing him and I could tell he was cold,” said Kathi Abra­ham.

“Dave was on the phone to 911 and I said, ‘It’s too late. We can’t fix this,’” she added, as tears welled in her eyes.

Dustin Man­ning and Joseph Abra­ham were child­hood friends. They played on the same Lit­tle League team. For two years, Joseph’s fa­ther coached them.

But in mid­dle school, both be­gan to dab­ble in drugs.

The Abra­hams be­lieve their son had his first dose of opi­oids when he had his wis­dom teeth re­moved. He was pre­scribed the drugs again when he broke his an­kle — and later, his hand — play­ing sports.

“When you’re given a pre­scrip­tion from a doc­tor, we of­ten just trust that,” Kathi Abra­ham said.

She be­lieves Joseph turned to drugs af­ter deal­ing with two ma­jor tragedies at a young age.

“He lost two of his re­ally good friends in eighth grade — one to can­cer and one to a drown­ing. He re­ally had a hard time. He strug­gled with that,” she said.

At the age of 12, Dustin told his par­ents he felt like he was suf­fer­ing de­pres­sion. He soon started tak­ing drugs.

Both par­ents sought help from treat­ment cen­ters, not once, but time and time again. Lisa Man­ning even be­gan work­ing at one of the cen­ters to keep an eye on her son and bet­ter un­der­stand ad­dic­tion.

But Dave Abra­ham said the treat­ments weren’t enough to fight his son’s bat­tle.

“Once they take (opi­oids), there’s a switch in their brain that gets flipped on— and to get that switched flipped back could take up to five years, and most treat­ments are 35 days and they’re back out,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to both sets of par­ents, Dustin and Joe hadn’t been in touch in re­cent years, yet it ap­pears they may have bought the drug that killed them from the same dealer. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice records, some of the pill wrap­pings were al­most iden­ti­cal.

There were fears in the com­mu­nity that other kids may have bought the same drugs.

Last year, about 64,000 Amer­i­cans died from opi­oids, ac­cord­ing to the first gov­ern­ment ac­count of na­tion­wide drug deaths. That is more than the num­ber of Amer­i­cans killed in car ac­ci­dents or by guns, com­bined.


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