Father Fighting Drug War After Losing Son

A family is still mourning after their 18-year-old son overdosed on synthetic marijuana back in October.

After living through the tragedy, they want to help other parents stop it from happening to their loved ones.

The drug Billy Tucker accidentally overdosed on was K2.

If you've never heard of it, it's a synthetic marijuana, that often has deadly effects.

Illegal in most places, it's sold disguised as an incense.

Steve Tucker, Billy's father, doesn't want anyone to go through the heartache they've suffered.

“This totally caught us off guard. This totally caught us off guard. We didn't expect it,” Steve says.

Back in October, 18-year-old Ashland/Greenwood High School senior, Billy Tucker, told his parents he was going to a movie.

He ended up at a party where he used K2.

Billy never made it back home.

“We had no idea. If we would have, something would have been done immediately," says Steve.

Steve doesn't want this to happen to anyone else.

He's organizing a parent forum on current drug trends to help other parents understand the signs of drug abuse, and how to prevent the problem.

More than 20 organizations such as LiveWise, and the National Guard Counterdrug Program will be there answering questions and offering advice.

Steve will have a booth there too, passing out envelopes with special messages already inside.

“I'm sending you this letter to inform you that I'm concerned your child may be abusing a particular substance...” says Steve reading one example aloud.

No one wants to be a snitch, but Steve says, in his son's case, he wishes they would have.

The envelopes he's giving are for anyone who wants to anonymously inform someone's family of a problem.

“If we would have had this sent to our house, something like this, my son would have been at Emmanuel Hospital right now. We would have had him taken care of," says Steve.

All of these tactics, Steve hopes, can prevent another loss like his own.

“We weren't fortunate, so if I can get this out to other people, and other people can see, there are other people out there that can help," says Steve.

If you or anyone you know have any questions on the current drug trends, mark it the event down on your calendar.

It's Monday, December 30th, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ay Ashland/Greenwood High School.

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