North Texas mom who lost son to drug overdose teaches opioid awareness in area schools

Video: Watch what she has to say about the crisis kids are facing with opioids, especially fentanyl.

Kathy O'Keefe runs the education-based organization that provides support and necessary resources to youth and families that suffer from drug addiction

This story is part of The Dallas Morning News monthlong series on how fentanyl has affected our community.

After losing her son to an accidental drug overdose in 2010, Kathy O’Keefe from Flower Mound founded the nonprofit Winning The Fight to spread awareness on the dangers of drugs and provide resources and support to families and youth.

She visits schools in area districts such as Lewisville, Denton and McKinney and educates students on prescription and illicit drugs, addiction and mental health. She teaches them the signs of an overdose and what to do in case one happens. She also cites examples of North Texas students who have died from drugs, including fentanyl.


Nationwide, fentanyl was involved in more than three-quarters of adolescent overdose deaths in 2021. Deaths among kids 14 and younger are increasing faster than in any other age group.

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Kathy O'Keefe, founder of the nonprofit Winning The Fight, taught a McKinney High School health class on how to save someone's life in case of a drug overdose earlier this week. O'Keefe's son died from a drug overdose in 2010.(Tom Fox / Staff Photographer)
During her lecture to the McKinney High class, O'Keefe pointed to a slide that showed what little amount of fentanyl can be fatal. (Tom Fox / Staff Photographer)
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