Teensavers is constantly reminding families about drug use and how teen abuse can tear a family apart. Here is a story out of Charlotte that is a tragic reminder.

A violent encounter between a 20-year old man and his 63 year-old father left the son lying dead beneath a tree with a gunshot to the chest and the father behind bars on murder charges.

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Authorities are trying to sort out what led up to the deadly shooting. The elder man, Earnest Gurley called 9-1-1 before 9:00a, telling operators that he had just shot his son.

Another family member told the Charlotte Observer that the two had a long run fights and disagreements about drugs and thefts. The relative revealed that Benjamin Gurley had a drug problem that was worse than marijuana.

If this latest and deadliest encounter was drug related, it shows how the drug use by the younger Gurley destroyed two lives and damaged several others.

This is a common scenario when teens begin abusing drugs. When they cannot afford the drugs but are addicted, they resort to stealing from family and friends. Drug addicts will steal anything from anybody if they can use the property for their next high.

Parents need to have frequent conversations with their children about the dangers of drugs. Drug use can destroy a family, whether it’s a teen chronic marijuana smoker or a parent abusing prescription drugs.

Families need to unite and make it a mission to be a drug free family.

To read more about this story from the Observer, click HERE.

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