Father believes son may still be alive if friends had called 911

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  • Dante Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2013 10:25 a.m.

    Jeremy's family was likely aware of Al-Anon and related groups. "It went from prescription drugs and alcohol to hard drugs, such as meth, cocaine, heroin,” his father said. This was probably spoken in retrospect. Junkies can be good at masking the extent of their abuse. Family and friends initially believe the denials, wondering only why the junkie seems to run out of money so quickly. They suppose he "might" have a "slight" problem that he's working through.

  • Raeann Peck Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2013 11:30 p.m.

    My heart aches for the Palmer family. Such a tragic and needless loss of their son. My family also experiences the painful effects of addiction. There are no words to express such sorrow. May God comfort and bless the Palmer family. I'm so sorry for their terrible loss.

  • heidi ho Fort Collins, CO
    Sept. 13, 2013 4:53 p.m.

    Having dealt with addictions for years in my family, I am puzzled why more family members do not know about Al-Anon and other 12 step groups for the friends and families of alcoholics and other drugs, and sex addiction, etc. The family is part of the tight, integral support system of the addict and I can either enable or detach with love and find ways to set boundaries around the addict. I am considered a co-addict and I have my own program to look at and work as well. I am also LDS and will continue to grow in my programs as they have helped me immeasurably. I just wish so much I had known about these resources at a much younger age.

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    Sept. 13, 2013 4:21 p.m.

    This is just a sad, sad, heartbreaking story. Even good parents can have children who make mistakes, and even good people can become addicted to drugs. Its just sad that the life could have been saved.

    Hopefully the friends can turn their lives around, too.