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South Forsyth student smokes heroin before school

May 01, 2014
CUMMING, Ga. — A school nurse at South Forsyth High School was worried about a student who came to her office March 20 who was lethargic and said he wanted to go to sleep. The nurse called in the assistant principal to relay her suspicions the student may have had a drug overdose.

It turns out she was right.

The assistant principal concurred the student was slurring his speech and gave signs of being under the influence of a substance. Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene around 1 p.m.

The deputies found the student was slurring his speech and wasn't able to stay awake and to answer questions.

Staff became worried when the student's heart rate dropped to 80 beats per minute and called an ambulance.

The student said he had taken three Xanax pills and later admitted he had also smoked heroin that morning before school.

Deputies searched his backpack and found nothing out of the ordinary. However, when they searched his car, they found glass pipes, alcohol and other drug-related paraphernalia.

The 18-year-old student was charged with possession of heroin, a felony, possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related paraphernalia, possession of alcohol on public school grounds and underage consumption of alcohol, all misdemeanors.

He was later taken to Forsyth County Detention Center.

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    He just ruined his life.
    May 04, 2014 | 01:58 PM

    Shame to see a young man just on the precipice of starting out in life in the real world already flush it down the toilet. He'll never even have a chance to get into a decent college and will never get a decent paying job with this on his record.

    Let me guess: father figure not in the picture.

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    May 05, 2014 | 10:25 PM

    Drug/Alcohol addiction is not prejudicial . It effects everyone from Yale to jail . It certainly is a family disease , doesn't help if a parent isn't around, but can be just as bad with great & loving parents.

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    Pretty sure his life is not ruined
    May 07, 2014 | 03:01 PM

    He's a kid who needs help. A few misdemeanors does not make a ruined life. He is a minor. I'm pretty sure he'll be able to get into college and eventually get a job. Don't throw the book at him, Judge Judy!

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    Re: Pretty sure his life is not ruined
    May 12, 2014 | 11:42 PM

    Hats off to you, Ann, for your attitude toward a child who's exposed to the bad infuence and chose the wrong path in life.

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    alcohol and drugs
    May 14, 2014 | 05:39 PM

    My job is authorizing care for substance use disorders. It is so, so very sad to me to see all the young kids getting addicted to heroin, and pain pills. Opiates are the toughest drug to kick, and many young lives and some older lives are lost by accident overdose.

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