Drug Rehabs - Death by Ecstasy
Following are two very sad stories that could have been prevented had the parents and children been armed with knowledge about drugs. “After reading these you may think that, situations like these only happen to other people and they could never happen to us" - Editor
ON 7/11/01 SHORTLY AFTER 2000HRS THE DECEDANT. A 12 YR. OLD, WAS GIVEN 1/2 AN ECSTASY TABLET BY HER 16YR OLD BOY FRIEND DURING A KISS. SHORTLY AFTER THEY HAD SEX, THEN ATE AND WATCHED TV. AT APPROX 2130 HRS SHE BEGAN CONVULSING, VOMITED THEN PASSED OUT. 911 WAS CALLED AND PARAMEDICS RESPONDED TO THE SCENE. THEY FOUND. HER IN FULL ARREST, BEGAN CPR AND TRANSPORTED HER TO LAC/USC. WHEN SHE DIDN'T RESPOND TO RESUSCITATIVE MEASURES, DEATH WAS PRONOUNCED AT 2312HRS. THE BOY FRIEND IS IN CUSTODY APD.
This is a common method used by young kids to share their experience. As you can see these are sad stories, and we are all responsible in making sure that they happen less and less. Children need to be fully equipped with all the information they need to make an informed decision.
18 year old female who attended a RAVE PARTY between the hours of 2230 and 0230 hours at a vacant lot at 3rd and Santa Fe in Los Angeles. Mother of decedent picked her up at which time the decedent appeared to be under the influence. Mother drove straight to Good Samaritan Hospital where decedent told staff that she had taken 3 Ecstasy pills at the party. Decedent kept in ER and monitored until about 0800 when she was released with doctor telling the mother that she would probably sleep for 18 hours and wake up with a headache. Decedent unable to get to car on her own and seemed to sleep the entire trip home to Sylmar. Decedent put to bed and check on every 30 minutes or so by family. When checked on at about 1600 hours she was found not breathing so family called 911. Decedent taken to Olive View Hospital where she was declared dead in the ER at 1701 hours.
During the course of this research, children who were being interviewed actually broke out in tears, they were so sure their friends they knew, who were doing drugs, were going to die.
Drug Addiction Deaths
Americans consider driving while impaired by alcohol or other drugs the nation's greatest highway safety problem, according to a 2005 Gallup poll. According to the poll, 37% of the people surveyed consider driving while alcohol impaired to be the worst problem, yet 60% of those same people admitted they had driven a vehicle while drunk or near-drunk, a number up from 57% in 2000.
"This poll clearly shows impairment and driving to be a major concern, especially during the holidays which is a time of increased drinking and increased driving" - Editor
In another alarming report, more people age 40 and older are dying of drug overdoses. This is double the rate recorded in 1990 in a little-noticed trend that dispels the notion of hard-core drug use being primarily a young person's problem. Overdoses among baby boomers are driving an overall increase so dramatic that soon drug deaths may surpass automobile accidents as a leading cause of non-natural deaths.
Based on state health data, according to calculations on males, the age by which someone was most likely to die from a drug overdose in 1970 was 22; by 1985, it was 32 and today it is 43.