NY teen overdose spotlights growing h...

NY teen overdose spotlights growing heroin problem

There are 4 comments on the The Associated Press story from Jul 19, 2008, titled NY teen overdose spotlights growing heroin problem . In it, The Associated Press reports that:

When high school senior Natalie Ciappa nearly died of a heroin overdose Memorial Day weekend, she promised her parents she had learned her lesson and was going clean.

She got a job, met a guy and appeared to be getting better. She was even making her curfews again.

But on the first night of summer, Natalie went to a party and never came home.

Her parents called emergency rooms and the police, but they knew nothing about her daughter. They eventually learned where the party had been and headed there.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at The Associated Press.

“Massapequa Mom”

Since: Jul 08

Massapequa, NY

#1 Jul 19, 2008
Yes! I am grateful to the AP for bringing this issue to the forefront. When something becomes communicated through a national news service, it ain't small potatoes. Maybe NOW school officials, kids, parents and neighbors will see this for what it is. A blight on our community and a scourge to our kids. I am forwarding this article to my local school board. Please do the same....read what Natalie's mom said happened on school property. Please..let's put an end to this.

Worcester, MA

#2 Nov 10, 2008
It is truly a sad situation to see what is happening to our teens. Though I'm only 26 years old and in the middle of my Bachelors in criminal justice I feel a great force that tells me I need to help teens. I cannot wait to graduate and get out there because I want to make a difference in society and help people as much as possible.
Massapequa Mom

Forest Hills, NY

#3 Dec 3, 2008
Hi Mendy,
You can help....do outreach if you join the police force in the Boston Metro area (I have family in LExington) and feel free to start now at your place of worship or local school.
I sound painfully old-fashioned, but I hear these kids " have nothing to do". Good Lord! When I was that age I was busy! Working both in school at at work, and volunteering when I wasn't working. And helping around the house, too. Folks, get those kids busy and engaged! My nieghbor's kid told me he was bored, so I handed him a rake, and told him to get to work. You should have seen the look on his face! Yes, I paid him, but he got my point loud and clear. We aren't that powerless...
if you can, Mendy, ask the kdis who are bored to read to youngsters having trouble acquiring that skill, or to elderly who cannot see to read. It is a start and it helps their college apps too....
The voice

Neptune, NJ

#4 Jan 29, 2009
as having seen the damage 1st hand of people I know and knew that the heroin problem is here to stay, it's cheaper than oxycontin and there is so much of it that there is nothing anyone can do about it. Yes it's in your kids schools, yes it's in your neighborhood, yes it's as easy to get just like ordering a pizza. I have never used or will ever, but the Nassau county newly formed (hit unit) can't do anything about it. Even if all the dealers and everyone involved is locked up, people can just go to certain neighborhoods where the police don't care about and score some cheap dope. Nobody cares that this garbage is in the ghetto, but once these suburban teens have pinned pupils and smell like cornflakes with the rare overdose, then people get concerned. You should go to Boston and see how many smack heads are in that city, it's gross. I have yet to meet anyone who has done heroin and or oxycontin who can remain sober. It's really bad and from seeing people I grew up with fade away is just a shame! I could never imagine how someone could get like that. I pray every day for people who are knee deep in this stuff

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