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  • CNN: Families who sued social media companies years ago are taking matters into their own hands

    CNN: Families who sued social media companies years ago are taking matters into their own hands

    With little movement in the courts or from lawmakers and drawn-out battles with regulators against Big Tech, some of those grieving families are looking elsewhere for progress.

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  • Fentanyl-tainted pills now found in Mexican pharmacies from coast to coast

    Fentanyl-tainted pills now found in Mexican pharmacies from coast to coast

    The LA Times has posted an article warning that fentanyl-laced pills are now found in Mexican pharmacies. https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2023-06-14/fentanyl-tainted-pills-now-found-in-mexican-pharmacies-from-coast-to-coast PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico —   Some of the pills looked just like antibiotics. Others… Read More »Fentanyl-tainted pills now found in Mexican pharmacies from coast to coast

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  • Social Media Harms Victim Remembrance Day

    V.O.ID. is happy to share this info and pass it along to our followers: Alexander Neville Foundation is proud to announce the inaugural Social Media Harms VictimRemembrance Day on 6/23/23.… Read More »Social Media Harms Victim Remembrance Day

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  • El Pais interviews Jaime

    El Pais interviews Jaime

    The president of Victims of Illicit Drugs, Jaime Puerta, recalls the loss of his only child after the latter contacted a dealer on Snapchat

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  • MEDIA RELEASE: Project Precursor Act (PPA)MEDIA RELEASE:

    MEDIA RELEASE: Project Precursor Act (PPA)MEDIA RELEASE:

    V.O.I.D. thanks Congressman McCaul, for his leadership in countering the massive fentanyl drug trafficking threat to the United States and heralds the introduction of the Project Precursor Act (PPA). 

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  • LOS ANGELES – April 26, 2023 – The Social Media Victims Law Center,Press Release:

    The Social Media Victims Law Center, a legal resource for parents of children harmed by social media addiction and online abuse, together with C.A. Goldberg, PLLC, a New York law firm representing victims of catastrophic injuries caused by tech giants, have amended the Neville Complaint against Snap, Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) alleging that Snap executives were…

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  • Fentanilo En EE.UU.: La Otra Epidemia

    Fentanilo En EE.UU.: La Otra Epidemia

    En EE. UU. mueren decenas de miles de personas por sobredosis de fentanilo. Muchas de ellas fallecen sin saber que han tomado esta droga, ya que en los laboratorios clandestinos a menudo la mezclan con otras sustancias ilícitas para potenciar su efecto.

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  • A Father’s pain

    A Father’s pain

    Son’s untimely death prompts USAFA graduate to launch public awareness campaign

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  • VOID attends CCSA

    VOID attends CCSA

    VOID attends CCSA

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  • Colorado AG Report: SociaL Media, Fentanyl& Illegal Drug Sales

    Colorado AG Report: SociaL Media, Fentanyl& Illegal Drug Sales

    A report released by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser says social media increases the ease of access to fentanyl.

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  • Jaime speaks to Teleantioquia news in Colombia

    Jaime speaks to Teleantioquia news in Colombia

    Teleantioquia Noticias conoció la historia de un colombiano, residente en Estados Unidos, quien vio morir a su hijo menor de edad por cuenta del desconocimiento y consumo de medicamentos contra la depresión. Ahora inicia un proceso pedagógico para concienciar a familias sobre el uso de opioides camuflados.

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  • Fairplay offers action kit for children

    A valuable resource called the Screen Aware Early Childhood Action Kit published by fairplay:

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  • VOID supports California legislation

    Letters submitted to the Assembly Committee on Higher Education and Public safety as Co-Sponsor and Support of AB 461 Fentanyl Test Strips, and 462 Overdose Response Teams, authored by Assemblymember Ramos.

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  • Fentanyl: America’s struggle to contain a deadly drug

    Fentanyl: America’s struggle to contain a deadly drug

    https://www.ft.com/content/bd1b1614-8407-4447-a0e3-3723368fbbf8

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  • “Los está matando”: varias familias demandan a Snapchat por acusaciones de facilitar la venta de fentanilo

    “Los está matando”: varias familias demandan a Snapchat por acusaciones de facilitar la venta de fentanilo

    “Los está matando”: varias familias demandan a Snapchat por acusaciones de facilitar la venta de fentanilo

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  • A message from kids to kids

    A message from kids to kids

    Just One Pill Can Kill – A message from students to students. The students pictured below created this important video

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  • THE ONLINE BATTLEGROUND/SOCIAL MEDIA AND ITS RISK TO OUR COMMUNITIES

    Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and on and on and on…simply a few of the social media sites that seem to consume the lives of our society virtually each and every… Read More »THE ONLINE BATTLEGROUND/SOCIAL MEDIA AND ITS RISK TO OUR COMMUNITIES

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  • Saying goodbye to 2022 and wondering what to look forward to in 2023? 

    Saying goodbye to 2022 and wondering what to look forward to in 2023?  One thing we are sadly still confronting is “fentanyl!” It still changes everything, and we have a… Read More »Saying goodbye to 2022 and wondering what to look forward to in 2023? 

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  • ‘Accountability and consequences have completely disappeared from this country’

    ‘Accountability and consequences have completely disappeared from this country’

    Steve Filson Speaks to Emma Rechenberg on Newsmax TV National Report on 12/14 ( full episode; fast forward to 1:30:16 for the clip, or watch on youtube above)

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  • Poison pill: How fentanyl killed a 17-year-old

    On December 27, 2020, he became one of the last of nearly 93,655 Americans to die that year of a drug overdose — a record wave fueled partly by what officials say is a scourge of fake prescription pills that contain fentanyl

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Jaime Puerta is a United States Marine Corps Veteran, and the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Puerta & Associates, Inc.; a small Interpreting business that specializes in furnishing Certified Interpreters to Attorneys, Doctors, and Courts working within the Workman’s Compensation field in the State of California. He resides in Santa Clarita, California, with his wife Claudia. Jaime is also the President of V.O.I.D., "Victims Of Illicit Drugs", a California 501C non-profit dedicated to educating parents and children about the dangers of illicit drug use, and also about the dangers that abound on social media platforms. Jaime also sits on the Advisory Board of A.C.C.O. "The Alliance To Counter Crime Online". Jaime became involved in the fight against Fentanyl when his only son Daniel passed away due to Fentanyl Poisoning on April 6, 2020.

Jaime is an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast and rides his motorcycles whenever time permits him to do so.

Steve Filson was raised in Huntington Beach and has been a resident of San Bernardino since 1976 when he relocated there after his service in the U.S. Air Force. He retired in 2009 after a 31-year career with the San Bernardino County Sheriff and San Bernardino Police Department. Steve is the owner of a private security company and is a staff member of the Public Safety Academy, a public charter school in San Bernardino.|

Most importantly, Steve is Jessica’s Dad. Jessica was his 29-year-old daughter killed in Redlands on January 22, 2022, along with her boyfriend, Nicholas, due to fentanyl poisoning. Steve lives in Highland, California, with his wife, Cheri, and their five-year-old granddaughter, Elara. He and other bereaved parents formed V.O.I.D., “Victims of Illicit Drugs,” as a California non-profit corporation and dedicate their efforts to education and awareness of this fentanyl scourge confronting our society.

Rocklin, CA resident Chris Didier lost his 17-year-old son, Zachary Didier, to fentanyl two days after Christmas in 2020. Zach was an Eagle Scout, soccer player, and beloved member of the community who had no history of drug use. Chris Didier has dedicated himself to raising awareness of the dangers of fentanyl, and has no doubt saved the lives of many students like Zach through his efforts. 

During his 22-year military career, Lt. Col. Didier flew the C-21 and F-15E. He currently flies the Boeing 787 for United Airlines.

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