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Freelance writer Sari Harrar has had a series of pieces for the Philadelphia Inquirer this week about adolescents and opiates.

Today’s story may be the most powerful.

She talks with Justina McIntyre about losing her son Ronnie Powell.

McIntyre went on to create the “One Life, Once Chance” group.

Please read the story by clicking HERE.


Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid will lay his son Garrett to rest today in Pennsylvania.

The 29 year old eldest son of Coach Reid died at Eagles training camp earlier this week. While an official cause of death has not been released, Coach Reid has alluded to the fact that the death appears to be the final chapter in his son’s battle with drugs.

The Reid’s released this statement:

“On behalf of Tammy and our family, I would like to thank everybody for their tremendous support, love, kind words and prayers during this time of great sadness. Words cannot express our sense of loss.

“We loved Garrett so much. He was a wonderful son and brother. He made us laugh, he was a pleasure to be around, he always had a smile on his face, and we will miss him dearly. We will never forget him, and we will remember him with love.

“Garrett’s road through life was not always an easy one. He faced tremendous personal challenges with bravery and spirit. As a family, we stood by him and were inspired as he worked to overcome those challenges. Even though he lost the battle that has been ongoing for the last eight years, we will always remember him as a fighter who had a huge, loving heart.

“I spoke with the team yesterday and thanked them for their thoughts and prayers. I asked them to continue with their preparations for the upcoming season until I am ready to rejoin the team.

“It is in times like these that we lean on our faith, our family, our friends, and our Eagles family. We will do so in the difficult times ahead.

“Thank you again for your continued support.”

The Teensavers Team’s hearts go out to the Reid family.

If you know someone who struggles with drugs, please get them help.

If you are unsure whether your child is abusing drugs, we remind you that we have created the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit for families.

To find out more information click HERE.

The Philadelphia coroner will perform an autopsy to determine how Garrett Reid, the 29-year-old son of Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid, died.


Garrett Reid’s body was found at a dorm room at Lehigh University, where the NFL team was holding training camp.

The campus police chief reported no signs of foul play.

Reid had a history of drug abuse, and drug dealing.

ESPN broke the story, and added this said chapter of Reid’s life:

In his early 20s, Garrett Reid said he “got a thrill” out of being a drug dealer in a lower-income neighborhood just a few miles from his parents’ suburban Villanova mansion.

“I liked being the rich kid in that area and having my own high-status life,” Reid told a probation officer, according to court testimony in November 2007. “I could go anywhere in the ‘hood. They all knew who I was. I enjoyed it. I liked being a drug dealer.”

At his sentencing hearing, Garrett Reid told the judge: “I don’t want to die doing drugs. I don’t want to be that kid who was the son of the head coach of the Eagles, who was spoiled and on drugs and OD’d and just faded into oblivion.”

You can see the ESPN story by clicking here.