Father finding peace after son died of drug overdose

'It affects everybody,' dad says of son's drug use

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  • DistantThunder Vincentown, NJ
    Feb. 13, 2014 9:07 p.m.

    These could be considered "compounding errors" like an airplane being off a few degrees at the beginning of a trip ends up as a huge error further down the line. These mistake get worse, and worse as time goes on. Much of this has to do with how much time our children spend away from us, and in the company of dangerous people. And just like the article mentions, these kids think only about themselves and not the impact their poor choices have on their families. Other cultures put much more emphasis on honoring their parents, and not dishonoring their families.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 4:14 p.m.

    I feel so bad for this dad. No father should have to go through this nightmare. You can't control what your older kids do and the thing I taught my son after he had a snow mobile accident where he did something foolish that wrecked the snow mobile but could have been much worse....bad things happen in a hurry. Yes bad things can and do happen in a hurry and in many cases there is no second chances. You do the best you can as a parent - teaching and preaching values and common sense - and then hope for the best.

  • across the sea Topeno, Finland
    Feb. 13, 2014 4:03 p.m.

    Utah is so blind to this problem! I live far away presently in the Mid East ... I know of three families in Utah Vallie (each close friends to us) that have lost daughters to OD! Each daughter had children ... Each had great childhood homes ...
    I wonder when the media wakes up? When does the community realize that this kills! When do parents realize that hiding this problem does not help anybody...there is no shame in admitting to having a child that has drug addiction!! The shame is, when another child dies and we did nothing to help!
    Read the obituaries occasionally and see how many die of this! So unnecessary...so unnecessary!

  • Dr. Robert carson city, NV
    Feb. 13, 2014 3:17 p.m.

    I have had a similar exerience with a similar aged child a few years ago. My prayers are with the Palmer family. This can happen to any family, I never thought it would happen to ours. I would encourage people to be open about these problems, don't be afraid to talk about it. If you suspect anything, act on your suspicions. Don't hold back or resist impulses to do something, if you do it may be too late. Our children can develop amazing skills at deceving us trust your intuition not what they may say. Mr. Palmer and family, may the Lord bless you.

  • California Steve Hanford, CA
    Feb. 13, 2014 1:49 p.m.

    "Jeremy Palmer and his friends drove to West Jordan where he took 300 mg of morphine...His friends stopped next to a stream and poured cold water on him...They put him in the bathtub and filled it with ice, never calling an ambulance...The friends allegedly dumped Jeremy's body in the driveway of an acquaintance."
    With friends like these....