Friday, October 19, 2012

Garrett Reid and the heroin scourge

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli told us what we already knew. It’s what he didn’t tell us that is much more interesting.

Tragically, Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid, died of an accidental, self-administered heroin overdose at Eagles training camp at Lehigh University last August. Even the Reid family admitted as much.

What remains unexplained is some of the other things investigators found in that room, and how they got there.

Police found 47 syringes and 64 needles in Garrett Reid’s gym bag. Morganelli also noted cops found 19 vials of an unknown liquid.

The unanswered question is how Reid got the drugs? Who was supplying him?

There also is a question for the Eagles and the NFL, with this situation happening amid the confines of an NFL training camp.

One thing we know. Heroin is becoming an increasingly widespread problem in our communities. Don’t think so, or think it couldn’t happen in your family? Think again.

It happened to the Reids.

It happens everywhere. It does not respect any borders, race, or income levels. It’s everywhere, and the problem is getting worse.

Delaware County recently instituted a task force to tackle the issue. You can read our coverage here.

And this Monday we will revisit this scourge, with an advance on the annual Safe Schools Summit held by the District Attorney’s office. One of the focuses this year will be pushing the warning message to students - starting in middle school.

Don’t miss it.

1 Comments:

Anonymous John Dix said...

Everyone should be aware of the heroin problem in Delaware and Chester Counties - it is very real. Everyone who is able to help in any way is encouraged to do so to battle this killer and family wrecker. Cut off the supply? Therapy/rehab for the habitual users? Better availability of help? Graphic demonstration of the drug's effects as a deterrent? R.I.P. to the publicly-known Garrett Reid, who could not shake it.

October 19, 2012 at 9:11 AM 

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