A Pharm Death In Australia
Posted by Childress on July 5, 2006
“Pharm parties,” where young people take prescription drugs and wash them down with alcohol, have claimed another young life. From the Townsville (Australia) Bulletin:
A dangerous new party game is sweeping Townsville — and your kids could be playing.
Local teens have been concocting their own party drug, mixing a potentially lethal combination of alcohol and prescription drugs.
A concerned father alerted the Townsville Bulletin to the deadly new fad sweeping teen parties.
The father, who would not reveal his identity to protect his teenage daughters, said local teens were playing with fire and all parents and teachers should be made aware.
The father said he learned of the terrifying new trend as he spoke to his daughters, trying to shed light on the senseless overdose death of Townsville teenager Melanie Boyd last week.
”We spoke to many parents and friends over the weekend to try and help the girls come to terms with this. I learned some things and every parent needs to know what’s going on out there,” the father wrote.
He said ‘Pharm’ or pharmaceutical parties were common among many Townsville teens.
He described the party as follows:
”Each attendee brings a ‘pill’ from home. They are crushed up, mixed together and all placed in a bowl. Each child takes a dose and washes it down with a shot of alcohol. The winner is the first to throw up.
”Welcome to the real world. Have you got any prescription tablets missing from home?”
By all accounts, Melanie Boyd was a good kid at a bad party. Parents and kids need to get up to speed fast on pharm parties, because the risk they pose is so profound.