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Melissa Etheridge Healing Through Music: ‘My Son Is Always With Me’

n May 13 Melissa Etheridge received the phone call she had been dreading: Her 21-year-old son Beckett had died of an opioid overdose. The singer had been steeling herself for the call since their final conversation. “Four days before he died, he called me and said, ‘Mom, I’m really scared,’ and he mentioned fentanyl,” Etheridge says of the synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. “I tried to get him [treatment]. I tried to get him to let me call an ambulance for him, then he stopped calling me. He didn’t call me for four days, and twice we sent a wellness check on him. The second time, they found

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