Suburban teens texting for drugs

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LADUE, MO (KTVI)-- A newly released autopsy shows a Ladue High School student died this past summer from an Oxycontin overdose.  It highlights the suburban drug problem and the deadly grip it has on our bedroom communities.

The case came to our attention during an ongoing Fox Files undercover operation.  We`re protecting the privacy of the mother whose child died.  She said her 17-year-old once attended school in St. Charles County and she was excited that he had the chance to go to school in Ladue.

Mom said, "I was very glad that it was a school with such high ratings and I really thought he would get a better education there.  I was very excited that he got that opportunity."

Over the summer break, August 31st, she got a call that paramedics were in a home where her son was sleeping over.  She explained, "And they couldn`t wake him up and we couldn`t believe it. We hoped against all hope that he would wake up because he was a really good sleeper anyway and we got over there and he was gone."

It`s where another Ladue High School student lives, in the city limits of Olivette.  Homeowner Francis Fisher faces an Olivette charge of endangerment, with a December court date.

The Medical Examiner found the 17-year-old victim died from an accidental overdose of Oxycodone, an addictive opioid pain medication.

As we looked deeper, we found evidence the drug use may be wide spread.  A third Ladue High School kid, who was in the home of the fatal overdose, posted on Facebook offering "Molly - 1 gram." Molly is a slang term for ecstasy.  Another parent wanted us to know how many suburban kids are texting about drugs.  That parent gave us a cell phone of another Ladue High school student.

One text said 'I just want some damn pills' then 'gimme gimme gimme.'  A teen texted back, 'If you need some pills hit up (this student). I think he can get them for you."

Another text said 'you know anybody with Lucy?'  (Code for LSD.)

Then a text offering lots of pot, 'my guys got a lot of durban he's gotta unload.'

Meanwhile, the Mom of the dead 17-year-old wants to know what's on her son's phone.  It's locked.  She said police did not find it that night.  She got it back from her son's friends.  Now she says police don`t seem interested.  She said, "I wish they would`ve pursued his phone and any texts that would`ve been on his phone."  Reporter Chris Hayes said, "You want to know where those drugs came from."  Mom confirmed, "I absolutely want to know where those drugs came from and I don`t want them going anywhere else.  The person needs to be caught."

No one from Olivette Police will return my calls.  We found a computer expert who will attempt to unlock the phone and get answers for mom.

Mom said, "I pray this doesn`t happen to anyone else.  I just kept thinking the whole time when planning my son`s funeral, of all the gifts I wanted to give him, I wanted to buy him a car, go on trips with him and all the things I wanted to give him, I end up giving him a casket and a hole in the ground."

A Ladue High School spokesman called me back to find out more about this report, but has not answered further.  I`ve talked to drug recovery specialists who agree, this drug problem is no more specific to the High School in Ladue, then it is to any other school or business, rather they say it's an indication the drug problem surrounds us everywhere.

We hope to learn more about what's on the locked phone sometime in the next few weeks.

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  • Kate

    Just because been going on since you were kids doesn’t mean it isn’t news. Parents need to keep being warned about how kids are getting drugs. You’re all pathetic.

  • Chris Hayes

    Kate you are correct and thank you for commenting. The fact people don’t want to talk about this issue is part of the problem.

  • Stephanie Moran

    This has ALWAYS been a problem. It just makes me sad that it took a kid in a nicer neighborhood to overdose for people to want to do a news story on it. I know of at least five young men and women that I went to school with that have died from oxycontin and heroin, and none of them were featured in a news story like this. And ALL of them used fb or texting to get the drugs.
    Not a new issue by any means and honestly, you guys are behind. Some kids may still use the old slang but most of them are smart enough to use better code words.

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