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teenage drug overdoses in flower mound texas

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rebecca east

Wylie, TX

#1 Feb 15, 2007
It is a shame that there have been several drug over doses in the Marcus high school students and my son Michael Damian Andersson was one of them. We need to do more to notify the parents of the signs of what is happening in our schools, neighborhood, peers, and even in our own households. The children in our area are getting a hold of perscription drugs and us parents have no idea what to be watching for. My son was one of seven to die in a 15 month time span. Three that I know of have gone into comma's and luckly made it through. There is no worse pain than to find your child dead in his room with no warning signs of the drugs. There is not a smell or pipe or baggies, its just a perscription drug one of thier buddies brings to school and its to late for us parents. So far we have put on 2 drug awareness benefits in 2 months and have another one coming up in 2 weeks. I will continue to help raise the awareness but some more help from the community would be a great help. If you are interested please contact me at [email protected]
Jane Armstrong

Venice, FL

#2 May 30, 2007
I live in Venice Florida and two of my four children have serious drug issues. We just learned that an 18 year old friend OD'd today, a year after high school graduation. The sad reality is that drug abuse has been an unwelcome fact of life within the community for years but the community's willingness to step up to the plate and address the needs of at risk youth has been maddeningly slow. I would like to address this as the public health issue that it is and make people aware of the numbers of local kids dying. If you don't have kids you don't connect the dots. The scope of the problem ranges from the dreadful reality of dead children to the slow demise of young addicts who are not treated and become adults requiring multiple interventions for a variety of health problems leading to chronic dieases and very counterproductive lives. The "morality" of forced drug treatment is one I'm frankly sick of hearing as a reason to do nothing. It is a waste of health care resources NOT to be proactive here. Kids who begin using at an early age and continue on as adults are not their chronological age emotionally and are not capable of being advocates for themselves as an "adult" would. The current mind set however is to collectively wring hands and shake heads and wait for the inevitable demise of these young people. In their wake is the wreckage of families of origin, and friends who know that 28 days of rehab is a paltry drop in the bucket, and many never even see that. It is population control at its most insidious and it's a public health crisis that cannot continue to be ignored.
Hip Hip Hooray

Keller, TX

#3 Jun 10, 2007
Ya the OD's in Flower Mound are bad. I've known a 'couple' of people who have taken drugs. Its sad. Someone OD'd in the old Kroger in Flower Mound and died o.O
Mom of a few

Lewisville, TX

#4 Oct 2, 2007
Flower Mound tries to pretend it is so perfect.The administration at the schools prefers to keep their heads in the sand and lie to everyone because they do not want to risk losing their precious ratings. We purchased our house here because it is supposed to be one of the safest places in the metroplex. Now that I am here, I have heard tons about the drug abuse and drug problems that I had been told previously was not prevalent here. I was told to avoid Plano and Frisco when house hunting "because THOSE are the places with drugs." Buy is this a wakeup call!! Flower Mound even seems untouchable by the news. I would like to see some coverage there so that the problem is out in the open.
Cindy Lutter

Rowlett, TX

#5 Oct 9, 2007
I love you Becky! I am so sorry about your son. I am glad you are stepping up to the plate to take care of others. You are golden!!!!
john

Buda, TX

#6 Oct 24, 2007
I grew up in Flower Mound and went to highschool there. I was pretty much driven to drugs by the way the staff at the school treated me and the overall bullshit of that town. Including police, most of my elders, and a lot of the kids. To be perfectly honest. But, to tell the parents, there were any drug you could get you hand on and they were very prevalent. This wasn't very long ago, and i've heard it's gotten a lot worse . When I was leaving that town herion was coming into the picture. I stopped doing drugs because I saw what it did to all those around me. And if you are a parent in the town of Flower Mound, I suggest you search your kids rooms. That's what my mom did. I hated her for it but she knew I was on drugs.
john

Buda, TX

#7 Oct 24, 2007
I am sorry for anyone who has lost a child or friend because of drugs.
In the future more people should try and prevent this. All these schools care about is their Taks scores. That is all I was taught in the nine years I went to school in the LISD. What a waste of minds. All the kids do drugs because they hate the schools. They aren't being challenged.
Bob Saget

Plano, TX

#8 Oct 27, 2007
"They aren't being challenged."- John

Ya as a student at Marcus High School I can guarantee you that the school is challenging us enough.
Sterlings Mom

Sherman, TX

#9 Nov 7, 2007
rebecca east wrote:
It is a shame that there have been several drug over doses in the Marcus high school students and my son Michael Damian Andersson was one of them. We need to do more to notify the parents of the signs of what is happening in our schools, neighborhood, peers, and even in our own households. The children in our area are getting a hold of perscription drugs and us parents have no idea what to be watching for. My son was one of seven to die in a 15 month time span. Three that I know of have gone into comma's and luckly made it through. There is no worse pain than to find your child dead in his room with no warning signs of the drugs. There is not a smell or pipe or baggies, its just a perscription drug one of thier buddies brings to school and its to late for us parents. So far we have put on 2 drug awareness benefits in 2 months and have another one coming up in 2 weeks. I will continue to help raise the awareness but some more help from the community would be a great help. If you are interested please contact me at [email protected]
Becky keep up the work..thoughts of you at this year mark. Keep strong....
Out of the Sand

Plano, TX

#10 Dec 8, 2007
To comment on the drug issue in Flower Mound and as a parent of a middle schooler, drugs are everywhere and of course Flower Mound isn't immune to the same issues related to any suburb in the country. As parents, we really need to watch our kids together. Unfortunately as parents we tend to think that "our kids are perfect" and this only happens to other kids who are poor and have no education. Quite simply, our kids are bored, have money, transportation and let's not forget about the computer. The same thing might be said of parents as well.... Times have indeed changed in FM and perhaps we all need to be more in tune.
keith

Irving, TX

#11 Dec 9, 2007
say i to went to marcuss didnt graduate but went . You cant pawn the probs of drug abuse off on the schools or the teachers fact is sory to say it but the ppl who choose to use drugs choos for them selfs it is very disturbing about whats been goin on i still live around this town. and if yor not itnto sports theres really a whole lot of nothing to do to stimulate the mind here .its all about money and where you have kids like in plano and frisco who get parents credet cards and a lot of cash your gonna have problems . im deepley deepley sorry about all the young ppl who have passed away of overdoses in this town but you cant really blame it on the teachers and schools there not the ones with the cash and credet cards to givwe the young money
keith

Irving, TX

#12 Dec 9, 2007
any ways im so sorry about all ov your losses groing up in lewisville and highland village i have had 3 friends die due to overdoses , one killed of of 121 a few years back do to somthing involving money so ive3 heard and one commited suicide ive been hear since the 2nd grade and im 25 now and all thats been in the past 6 years its really crappey
Lisa

Lewisville, TX

#13 Dec 15, 2007
My condolences to anyone who has lost a child to drugs.
Wow, the media has really kept quiet about the drug overdoses in Flower Mound. I had know idea that children had died. I have 2 children that have graduated from Marcus in the last 4 years. Drugs are rampid in Highland Village and Flower Mound. I grew up in the late 70"s and early 80"s and drugs where everywhere.I knew all the tricks because I pulled them on my parents. I had very candid discussions with my children regarding drugs and I did room searches ect. to make sure they were not lying to me. One of my children tried drugs but didnt like them and the other one had no desire so I was very lucky. One thing John is right about, the police out here harrass the teenagers, even when they are not doing anything. They kept my son and his friends pulled over for an hour for no reason one night. They were just sitting in their car, waiting on some friends. I have so many stories where my kids where pulled over for no reason and asked if they would allow thier cars to be searched. Both children were clean cut and drove nice cars. Its not like they looked suspicious. The Police Department's are also quick to file charges against minors for cases that are not even credible. I have 4 friends who's children were accused of either fighting, theft. or misc by other kids (most of the time just because the other kid had a beef with them)and the police sent the cases to the Denton County DA with out even interviewing the defendants. The cases were dropped by the DA or Dismissed for lack of evidance, after it cost my friends thousands of dollars for attorney fees.I have one more child that will go through high school and we are thinking about selling our home and moving. Maybe someone should look in to all of this?
alex

Garland, TX

#14 Dec 16, 2007
i blame FMPD. truly.
i've lived here for 12 years. and that's 12 years too long.
and i blame that sentiment on FMPD as well. perhaps it's time to stop hiding in behind the bushes on 1171 in your impalas in the middle of the night trying to catch people going 50 in a 45 and perhaps you should take a drive to the Wendy's or the Taco Bell or the Starbucks and see what the kids that hang out there every Friday and Saturday night are doing.
please. they don't park there for fun.
Pat Keeler

Williston, ND

#15 Jan 14, 2008
rebecca east wrote:
It is a shame that there have been several drug over doses in the Marcus high school students and my son Michael Damian Andersson was one of them. We need to do more to notify the parents of the signs of what is happening in our schools, neighborhood, peers, and even in our own households. The children in our area are getting a hold of perscription drugs and us parents have no idea what to be watching for. My son was one of seven to die in a 15 month time span. Three that I know of have gone into comma's and luckly made it through. There is no worse pain than to find your child dead in his room with no warning signs of the drugs. There is not a smell or pipe or baggies, its just a perscription drug one of thier buddies brings to school and its to late for us parents. So far we have put on 2 drug awareness benefits in 2 months and have another one coming up in 2 weeks. I will continue to help raise the awareness but some more help from the community would be a great help. If you are interested please contact me at [email protected]
I read you note and I am so sorry about your son.
I have a answer to your problem. The MedSafes.com is a cabinet that will lock up the RxMeds from the kids.
Pat Keeler
Lost in Translation

Dallas, TX

#16 Feb 6, 2008
First I would like to extend my deepest sympathy for all of you who have lost your child to drugs. My heart goes out to you.

I have a daughter who has only made it through her 9th grade year in high school, in and out of rehab including Wilderness Therapy and back to rehab. She has behvourial issues and issues with how she copes with LIFE! Her choice of coping skill is Drugs! I have been through therapy with my daughter who is now 17 since she was 10. She does suffer from depression but she also suffers from poor CHOICES! It took me a long time to hold my daughter accountable but she is the one who chose Drugs! And I learned that I am still accountable for her forever, really! But I don't have to enable her or be responsible for her actions and the choices she makes! I have even sent my daughter to jail. I'm an extremely caring and forgiving mom...some call it a doormat..some call an enabler. It's hard to be a parent but please be hard, your children need to know sooner than later their are consequences for their CHOICES regardless WHY they chose to use DRUGS! God Bless each of you, it is not easy!
Lost in Translation

Dallas, TX

#17 Feb 6, 2008
I need to make another comment. Parents wake up. Read the newspapers, read the police blotter.

Let the officers do their jobs. I don't understand. Complain about the FMPD hiding and pulling people over for speeding or checking out some kids hanging around in a parking lot. If your kid gets pulled over or involved with the police in any manner they probably should be checked. Does not matter if you kid is clean cut and has a nice car, if you have not heard, all kids are subject to drug use or distribution.

Hold your children accountable for their actions even if they say they were not doing anything wrong. If you are where you are supposed to be and doing what you are supposed to be doing then you won't be involve with the police.

To the person who believes that if you are not involved in sports then you are bored and are drawn to drugs...get real! There is church, there is reading, the YMCA, charities, jobs, your family and sometimes...you need to sit with yourself and be bored and understand that it's legal and does not have to involve drugs!

Take off the blinders and rose colored glasses.

Parents take away the credit cards, get involved with your kids, take the right back to know where they are, who they are going to be with OR grab a body BAG!
abbey v

Plano, TX

#18 Feb 22, 2008
first i would like to say i am so sorry for your loss.
BUT, all of you are being very irrognt. FM is a wonderful place to live. it is not the teachers or schools fault, it was your childs choice to take drugs they got the endless supply of money from you the parents. there are drugs anywhere you go you are acting like you have never even heard of drugs in this town. maybe you should think about the saying of lewisvill makes it marcuse deals it and flower mound buys it.
think people..seriously think..
becky east

Lewisville, TX

#19 Feb 25, 2008
Pat Keeler wrote:
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I read you note and I am so sorry about your son.
I have a answer to your problem. The MedSafes.com is a cabinet that will lock up the RxMeds from the kids.
Pat Keeler
Pat Thank you for the suggestion on what type of box
becky east

Lewisville, TX

#20 Feb 25, 2008
abbey v wrote:
first i would like to say i am so sorry for your loss.
BUT, all of you are being very irrognt. FM is a wonderful place to live. it is not the teachers or schools fault, it was your childs choice to take drugs they got the endless supply of money from you the parents. there are drugs anywhere you go you are acting like you have never even heard of drugs in this town. maybe you should think about the saying of lewisvill makes it marcuse deals it and flower mound buys it.
think people..seriously think..
Actualy I never accused it being anyones faught not even the two children dealing the drugs which one of them sold at school and one was like the pizza boy he delivered. all I am asking is for people to be more careful with their meds. Yes he was my son and only child but after the fact when people tell you oh I seen the signs or was worried about him make the phone call try to help save one more child till they grow up and can help another. Its not about who gets it and who sells it its about stopping it!!!!!!!! Get it

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