Jim MacDonald knew that his daughter, Katanna, may have experimented with drugs, but never imagined that the problem would be life threatening. He says there never were any signs that she even had a drug problem.
Now MacDonald is concerned other kids may be lost, and wants to inspire other parents to be involved in what’s going on in the children’s lives. “If you could just save one, it’s worth saying something,” he said. “Somebody’s got to do something or it’s just not going to get any better. How many more are going to go?”
The dangers aren’t just limited to drug addicts. MacDonald had no reason to think Katanna was an addict, nor did the hospital officials. Even Katanna’s friends said that they rarely saw her take anything.
MacDonald believes that his daughter, along with other deaths linked to prescription overdose, simply did not understand the dangers of the drugs. “The kids don’t know what they’re playing with,” said MacDonald.
Ever since his daughter’s death, MacDonald has been researching methadone, and has even spoke at local police meetings about his concerns. He strongly believes that more efforts need to be made to get the drugs off the street, and is urging other parents to take notice and talk to their kids. “Pay close attention to what your children are doing,” he said. “There are a lot of parents who really don’t know what is going on.”
MacDonald clearly just wants to take a bad situation, and bring some good out of it. Even though he lost his own daughter, he wants to help make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to someone else’s child.
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