'It affects everybody,' dad says of son's drug use
"Jeremy Palmer and his friends drove to West Jordan where he took 300 mg of
morphine...His friends stopped next to a stream and poured cold water on
him...They put him in the bathtub and filled it with ice, never calling an
ambulance...The friends allegedly dumped Jeremy's body in the driveway of
an acquaintance."With friends like these....
I have had a similar exerience with a similar aged child a few years ago. My
prayers are with the Palmer family. This can happen to any family, I never
thought it would happen to ours. I would encourage people to be open about
these problems, don't be afraid to talk about it. If you suspect anything,
act on your suspicions. Don't hold back or resist impulses to do something,
if you do it may be too late. Our children can develop amazing skills at
deceving us trust your intuition not what they may say. Mr. Palmer and family,
may the Lord bless you.
Utah is so blind to this problem! I live far away presently in the Mid East ...
I know of three families in Utah Vallie (each close friends to us) that have
lost daughters to OD! Each daughter had children ... Each had great childhood
homes ... I wonder when the media wakes up? When does the community
realize that this kills! When do parents realize that hiding this problem does
not help anybody...there is no shame in admitting to having a child that has
drug addiction!! The shame is, when another child dies and we did nothing to
help!Read the obituaries occasionally and see how many die of this! So
I feel so bad for this dad. No father should have to go through this nightmare.
You can't control what your older kids do and the thing I taught my son
after he had a snow mobile accident where he did something foolish that wrecked
the snow mobile but could have been much worse....bad things happen in a hurry.
Yes bad things can and do happen in a hurry and in many cases there is no second
chances. You do the best you can as a parent - teaching and preaching values and
common sense - and then hope for the best.
These could be considered "compounding errors" like an airplane being
off a few degrees at the beginning of a trip ends up as a huge error further
down the line. These mistake get worse, and worse as time goes on. Much of
this has to do with how much time our children spend away from us, and in the
company of dangerous people. And just like the article mentions, these kids
think only about themselves and not the impact their poor choices have on their
families. Other cultures put much more emphasis on honoring their parents, and
not dishonoring their families.