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Shelby County mom urges parental supervision after son’s drug overdose


WITH FOOTBALL FRONT AND CENTER
RIGHT NOW, A SHELBY COUNTY WOMAN
HAS A WARNING FOR EVERY PARENT
IN OUR AREA AFTER SHE LOST HER
OWN SON. A STUDENT ATHLETE TO A DRUG
OVERDOSE. WVTM 13’S CHIP SCARBOROUGH TELLS
US ABOUT THE POTENTIAL SIGNS OF
TROUBLE TO WATCH OUT FOR.>>NO ONE IS IMMUNE TO
ADDICTION. CHIP: JAN SCRUGGS IS MAKING IT
HER LIFE’S WORK TO PREVENT
ANOTHER PARENT FROM GOING
THROUGH WHAT SHE EXPERIENCED. THE SHELBY COUNTY MOM LOST HER
ADOPTED SON RILEY TO A DRUG
OVERDOSE THREE YEARS AGO.>>HE DIED OF HEROIN LACED WITH
FENTANYL. CHIP: RILEY WAS NOT ONLY A
STANDOUT FOOTBALL PLAYER IN HIGH
SCHOOL, BUT A MODEL STUDENT. HIS MOTHER SAYS SHE NEVER
EXPECTED HIM TO FACE THE
CHALLENGES HE DID.>>I THINK THE GOOD KID IS OFTEN
NOT SUSPECTED WHEN THEY’RE
ACHIEVING. YOU START LOOKING AT THEIR
ACCOMPLISHMENTS. CHIP: AND WHILE FOOTBALL WAS A
HIGHLIGHT IN RILEY’S SHORT LIFE,
HIS MOTHER SAYS IT ALSO
CONTRIBUTED TO HIS ADDICTION. SPECIFICALLY WHERE CONCUSSIONS
ARE CONCERNED.>>I DID NOT MONITOR THE LORTABS
THAT WERE GIVEN TO HIM AND THE
OXYCODONE AT FIRST, THAT BY
MAKING SURE THAT HE WAS ONLY
TAKING EXACTLY WHAT THEY SAID. CHIP: RILEY’S ADDICTION ONLY GOT
WORSE AS HE WENT THROUGH COLLEGE
AND INTO ADULTHOOD. HIS MOTHER SAYS IT GOT TO A
POINT WHERE HIS FAMILY DIDN’T
EVEN KNOW HIM.>>WE ACCEPTED A LOT OF I’M JUST
SPENDING THE NIGHT AT A FRIEND’
HOUSE AS A REASON TO TRUST. CHIP: SCRUGGS IS URGING ALL
PARENTS TO KEEP TABS ON WHERE
THEIR CHILDREN ARE AT ALL TIMES
AND WHO THEY’RE SPENDING TIME
WITH. BUT SHE ALSO HAS A MESSAGE FOR
PARENTS ALREADY DEALING WITH A
CHILD WHO IS BATTLING AN
ADDICTION.>>IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT. YOU’VE DONE THE BEST YOU CAN DO
AND THEN ACCEPT THAT YOU’RE
GOING TO CONTINUE AND FIGHT FOR
THEM
CHIP: SO IT TURNS OUT RILEY WAS
ACTUALLY BORN WITH ADDICTIVE TENDACIES. HIS BIOLOGICAL MOTHER ONCE WROTE
HIM A LETTER TELLING HIM 3 OF
HIS 4 GRANDPARENTS DIED OF AN
OVERDOSE AND THAT HIS OWN
SURVIVAL RATE WAS LITTLE TO
NONE. JEFF? JE

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