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Drug Rehab - Death by Ecstasy

11/10/2006

Death by Ecstasy

Following are two very sad stories of drug use and the deaths that could have been prevented had the parents and children been armed with tools of knowledge. Some of you may be thinking that, situations like these only happen to other people and they could never happen to us.

Coroners report:

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.

Coroners report:

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 ecstasy 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.

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 ecstasy and other drugs, were going to die.
We have an opportunity to reach kids about this drug before they go down the dark side of using Ecstasy and other drugs.

I hope this story illustrates the importance of educating your children regarding drugs.

For help with overcoming drug and alcohol addiction or to request drug education personnel to you school or group, go to www.drug-rehab.us



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