ABC30 Fresno has produced their very own documentary exploring the how the fentanyl crisis in California is affecting the state’s youth. Killer High: The Silent Crisis will be available to stream starting September 19th followed by a premiere on station on September 25th.

What’s Happening:

  • ABC30 Fresno has announced they’re releasing a hourlong documentary Killer High: The Silent Crisis about how Central California’s fentanyl epidemic is impacting youth.
  • The documentary will be available to stream on Sunday, September 19th across ABC30’s connected TV Apps. Following the streaming premiere, the special will air on ABC-owned stations, FX and National Geographic.

Synopsis: 

  • “Killer High follows the lives of families affected by fentanyl overdose and their journey to recovery while providing awareness to parents and the community about the dangers of accessibility of the drug to youth.”

Documentary Segments:

  • What is Fentanyl, and How Did My Kids Get It? – Exclusive interviews with Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement Administration agents, and local police and medical experts, explaining the general background of fentanyl, how it’s produced and how it makes its way to youth. The segment documents an exclusive ride-along with Homeland Security as they arrest a known fentanyl dealer.
  • The Faces of Fentanyl – The documentary follows the lives of two families impacted by fentanyl overdoses. Amy, a nurse and single mom of three boys, struggles to give her kids a normal life while dealing with her oldest son, a recovering opioid addict. She discusses her son’s journey toward addiction and the time he overdosed twice within 24 hours. Penny is a mom of two kids whose oldest son died of a fentanyl overdose. She explains the warning signs every parent should look for and her family’s vow to keep her son’s memory alive.
  • The Road to Recovery – A spotlight on the work of local agencies, task forces and school districts who work diligently to prevent youth from encountering drugs, expanding their hope for the future.

Shocking Stats:

  • In 2015, 9,580 people died from a fentanyl overdose in the United States.
  • In 2019, 36,359 people died from a fentanyl overdose in the United States
  • Of those deaths, 3,040 were people aged 15-24 years old.  

Where to Watch:

  • Saturday, September 25th 
    • ABC30/KFSN-TV (10:00 pm PDT)
    • ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco (9:00 pm PDT)
    • ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles (9:00 pm PDT)
  • Sunday, September 26th
    • FX (7:00 am PDT)
  • Wednesday, November 10th
    • National Geographic on (11:00 pm EDT and 11:00 pm PDT)