Dad warns on son’s drug death
A father whose teenage son died after taking a synthetic drug travelled to the Pilbara and used his heartbreaking tale to warn high school students of the consequences of drug use.
Rod Bridge’s son Preston, 16, was enjoying his Year 12 ball when he took a tab of synthetic LSD and then jumped from a balcony in Scarborough, with the family making the decision to turn off his life support three days later.
After his child’s death, Mr Bridge started the drug awareness organisation Sideffect to reach out to students and warn them of the potential dangers.
Mr Bridge visited Karratha Senior High School last Monday and spoke to 179 students about the risks of drug use.
He said his story resonated with students because he was not a teacher.
“It’s been pretty interesting with the way it resonated with a lot of the kids, having an opportunity with the kids to allow them to ask questions, and some of the questions have been important issues to them,” he said.
“You try and convince them and educate them to, you know, don’t start there, keep away from it, in Year 10 and Year 12 get your life together first.”
Mr Bridge said the biggest issue in rural communities was marijuana and alcohol use.
“We’re not going to save everybody, but certainly, if we can change their mindset to think about the dangers of drugs and the reasons why you don’t get involved, I have no doubt its made a difference,” he said.
“I lost my son from a stupid mistake that he made, and my role in life is to make sure that these kids don’t make the same mistake.”
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