Mom hopes to educate others about dangerous drug after her son's death

Mom Speaks Out On Dangerous Drug After Son's Death
MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)- Spice is an emerging and ongoing public health threat according to the Drug and Enforcement Administration. The use of this drug can cause seizures, psychotic episodes, suicidal thoughts, and even death. Even though law enforcement continues to crack down on this drug, they are still seeing it pop up in places from time to time.

This synthetic marijuana has a Marshall County mom on a mission. Heather Sims-Queen has seen first hand what this drug can do to a person. In November she got the phone call that has been in every parents nightmare.

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"They called me and they just said that he was just unresponsive, there was something wrong with him," she recalls. Her son Austin had smoked spice and was rushed to the hospital.

When they got there, "I just remember hearing his girlfriend saying, 'you know, I don't understand because we were all doing the same thing,'" Sims-Queen explains. There are certain chemicals in spice that can affect people differently.

"The doctor said it was like playing a game of Russian roulette. You just never know," she said. The drug cause Austin's brain to swell and eventually start bleeding. The next day, Austin was declared brain dead and passed away. He was only 21 years old.

"This is something I don't feel like I can over come, but I am trying. I am trying my best just keeping his memory alive and helping others," Austin's mom says as she fights back tears. She has turn the tragedy into a mission.

Her goal is to encourage other parent to talk to their children about drugs. It is important for parents to stay updated on what drugs are being offered to young people, so that way they can inform their children about them as well. She hopes that parents will hear Austin's story and talk to their children about the dangers of drugs.

When Austin passed away, his organs were donated and saved the lives of four people. His mom hopes that his story will help save even more lives.

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