Parents grapple with teen daughter's ...

Parents grapple with teen daughter's heroin death

There are 14 comments on the Newsday story from Jul 27, 2008, titled Parents grapple with teen daughter's heroin death. In it, Newsday reports that:

A DEADLY FORM OF HEROIN continues to destroy lives across Long Island , trampling across age groups and economic lines.

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NancyB

Bristol, CT

#1 Jul 27, 2008
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Wise Old Man

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Jul 28, 2008
As a teenager of the sixty I saw first hand what herion could do, WE should of made our children and grandchildren know that it was a killer not unlike arsenic ( Posison )
I_m Me

Brentwood, NY

#3 Jul 28, 2008
What I'm trying to understand is how do you not know what your kids are doing... the sought after(un ethnic) Towns and Education the parents of these children run too are still finding there kids in the most unsought after predicaments. Like Drug Abuse,selling drugs,driving drunk,speed racing, and sex abuse/scandals. And to everyone this is a sad sad thing. Now everyone chooses not to comment do to the fact this young lady was in school and didnt graduate, and because of the town their from. Whomever chooses to comment on the senseless killings that happen to the young men in boroughs of nassau need to know that, Unjust people killed them and your just giving these children like N.Ciappa the tools(ex.the money ,the car the access/freedom and the protection) to kill themselves no one wants to die but why chose to die. Im pretty sure she did not buy the drugs in Hempstead Roosevelt or Freeport or all of those other town we tend to single out and comment on.
Do like they do in those towns and start locking "these well off living on mommy and daddy's pockets " to jail or your going to start losing them to the streets and then youll have your very own ghetto towns. It will eventually turn to turmoil... but the parents pocketbooks will never allow this!!!!!
Bahhhhhh

United States

#4 Jul 28, 2008
Oh Boo Hoo!!!! Get over it!!
I_m Me

Brentwood, NY

#5 Jul 28, 2008
Like Drug Abuse,selling drugs,driving drunk,speed racing, and sex abuse/scandals. And to everyone this is a sad sad thing. Now everyone chooses not to negatively comment, from these towns.
Byrdman

Union City, NJ

#6 Jul 28, 2008
ummmmm, she was a junkie, whats so hard to understand?
mbricka

Medford, NY

#7 Jul 28, 2008
Some of these comments have made me sick to my stomach. Instead of seeing these teens and their parents as victims to something highly addictive and beyond their control, you would rather inflict some more pain on these families. This family, like many others, suffered a great loss. One that was BEYOND their control. There is only so much you can do to prevent something like this from happening. If you try too hard to protect your children, they will grow up neurotic or rebellious. Sometimes you need to have faith that they will make the right choices. And when they don't, you need to be there to support them, or God forbid your family. No one likes to read stories like this, but for me reading the comments from some of you made this much worse. Just like you hear as a child, IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY, SAY NOTHING AT ALL!! How dare you blame her parents, you should be ashamed of yourself!
Paula

AOL

#8 Jul 28, 2008
I knew this girl very well..But not not well enough! How we all wish that we could see the signs and save her, and maybe we could have here today.. We all make mistakes when we are young, but at least we are here to say/post our comments..But she had paid the price dearly..And we all mourn her dearly
Paula

AOL

#9 Jul 28, 2008
mbricka wrote:
Some of these comments have made me sick to my stomach. Instead of seeing these teens and their parents as victims to something highly addictive and beyond their control, you would rather inflict some more pain on these families. This family, like many others, suffered a great loss. One that was BEYOND their control. There is only so much you can do to prevent something like this from happening. If you try too hard to protect your children, they will grow up neurotic or rebellious. Sometimes you need to have faith that they will make the right choices. And when they don't, you need to be there to support them, or God forbid your family. No one likes to read stories like this, but for me reading the comments from some of you made this much worse. Just like you hear as a child, IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY, SAY NOTHING AT ALL!! How dare you blame her parents, you should be ashamed of yourself!
Thanks! we all need the comfort and not to be put down...But we need comfort.
Meghan Schultz

Merrick, NY

#10 Jul 31, 2008
I can't believe people have the nerve to say that the parents are to blame. What if it was your kids? Would you say the same things you're saying now? Her best friends couldn't even tell she was on anything, and people blame her friends as well. Misha was an amazing person and an awesome friend. She was one of the most unique people I've ever met in my entire life, I'm so happy I met her. I'm even happier I got the chance to leave her flowers and gifts by the side of her grave today. I wish she was still with us. Karma will come to those who have nothing nice to say about her, that's for sure.
WONKERINE

Long Beach, NY

#11 Aug 1, 2008
Sometimes people are way too judgmental.You can't blame her parents based on the info given.They knew she had troubles,she had in and out patient treatment...yhey did thier best.God Bless.
Ridefg

Yorktown Heights, NY

#12 Aug 1, 2008
You no what, these negative comments make me wanna come over to all of your houses and have a hell of a long talk with you jerks. I knew michelle, and I was in love with her. My loss, as well as her other friends and family, is tremendous. So if you don't have anything civilized and decent to say, shut up. Phillistines.
Another concerned parent

United States

#13 Aug 8, 2008
My heart goes out Misha's family. It another sensless death.

Todays privacy laws prevent pediatrician from giving parent the results of urine tests if drugs are found and gynecologists informing parents in they are sexually active. We parents are ultimately responsible for our childrens action and paying the bills but the laws preclude us from having full access to the information.

Without agequate information, it is very hard for parents to know where to turn. My husband and I had our child transported to a wilderness program. I recommend that any parent struggling through research them because itmay be your only hope in saving your child. There has been a lot of information on these programs thanks to Barbara Walters
Joey

Babylon, NY

#14 Aug 8, 2008
Grapple with her death? If you grappled with her "life" she would still be with you!!!

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