The synthetic drug fentanyl is taking more and more lives across our region every day, and it’s not just on street corners anymore; it’s right at your doorstep.
Twenty-one-year-old Garrett Venza is one of the faces of fentanyl. His father, John Venza, lost him six years ago around Thanksgiving. “He says, ‘OK, going to bed, love you.’ I said I love you, and those were the last words we spoke,” Venza said. “Unfortunately, I found him overdosed on the floor of his bedroom.”
Venza is vice president of adolescent and residential services at Outreach, an alcohol and substance abuse treatment center with locations in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. It specializes in adolescent care.