Augusta man died of overdose in Florida

Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:08 PM
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A 23-year-old Augusta man died from multiple drug intoxication from oxycodone, cocaine and alcohol during a spring break trip to the Florida Panhandle, authorities said Thursday.

Philip Cameron Christian was staying with a group of 15 Georgia Southern University students at a home in Destin, Fla., when his friends found him in bed, not breathing, shortly after 5 a.m. on March 13.

He was taken to a hospital but died there about 10:30 a.m., the release says.

Toxicology results revealed the drugs were in his system and caused his death, according to the medical examiner's office that serves Destin.

Christian was a 2006 graduate of Westside High School.

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No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 07/14/11 - 08:30 pm
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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/14/11 - 08:42 pm
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Whoever introduced Christian

Whoever introduced Christian to illicit drugs initially and provided the drugs which were the proximate cause of his death should face criminal and civil liabilities.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/14/11 - 08:46 pm
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...he was so young.

...he was so young.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/14/11 - 09:04 pm
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"Whoever introduced Christian

"Whoever introduced Christian to illicit drugs initially"

Unless he was forced to take drugs, he chose to do so.
Nobody "introduces" somebody to drugs, a person has to agree to take them.

What a tragic, senseless, unnecessary death.

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Willow Bailey 07/14/11 - 10:00 pm
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corgi, being introduced and

corgi, being introduced and forced is not the same thing. People of all ages are being introduced to many unhealthy activities and ideas daily. Though I agree the decision to participate was his, it doesn't absolve the harm his peers may have committed. If so, make no mistake, they will be held accountable one day. This young man, like many others, was seeking acceptance in the wrong circles. Sadly, it happens.

My deepest condolences to this family and prayers for the love, understanding and support that they will need to survive this great loss.

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Brad Owens 07/15/11 - 03:04 am
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This is so sad, I cannot

This is so sad, I cannot imagine how his family must feel right now. There MUST be more education for kids about what drug "cocktails" can do.

As a father, my heart goes out to his parents.

I hope they are not going to blame themselves, although I know they will not be able to help to feel like this is their fault.

The boy made poor choices, but they were his choices.

May God assuage their greif quickly.

Sad,

Brad

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/15/11 - 03:36 am
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(C)orgimom, One of the dirty

(C)orgimom,

One of the dirty "little" secrets of middle-class society is the role of the school experience in the dissemination of illegal drugs to our kids. For example, when students believe that the administration of their school will look the other way when presented with drug activities on campus and at off-campus, school-related activities, student participation in such activities will increase and often flourish. In such circumstances, student-pushers introduce their peers to illicit drugs at often alarming rates. Was Christian introduced to illicit drugs at school and at school-related functions? I don't know. But my years of experience in public middle and high schools tell me that the probability for such an introduction was high. In my view, anyone involved in such an introduction deserves no judicial quarter.

RunningMan
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RunningMan 07/15/11 - 04:55 am
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When will they learn that

When will they learn that being high on something is not the answer, and not as cool as they think. At 23 years of age, you would hope they are old enough to figure that much out. Too many associate Spring Break with parties, drugs, sex, and alcohol. That kind of thinking needs to change to keep more young folks from similar senseless activities and results.

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Riverman1 07/15/11 - 05:04 am
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Education and treatment is

Education and treatment is what we need more of. When I say education, it can be done on so many levels. Slick Madison Ave campaigns and the right program in schools can decrease this scourge of mankind tremendously.

myparrot
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myparrot 07/15/11 - 07:57 am
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The so-called “introduction”

The so-called “introduction” could have easily come from a doctor. He may have been prescribed the drug at one time and liked how it made him feel. I know as this same thing happened to our son around the same time as this young MAN. The doctors could not save him either. Drug use is a personal choice when you take it recreationally. A person has to learn how to say NO! There is nothing worse than burying your child. You wonder what more you could have done, when in reality, you had seen the signs and taken step to help but they did not listen. You cannot turn back time, as much as you would like to, and knock it into their head just how bad drug abuse can be. It is such a waste of a promising life. This has happened way too often. How can we get through to these young adults the dangers of drug interactions? I had seen this story a week after our loss and it made us sadder to see another family going through the same thing as we were. We knew the father when we were younger and our heart goes out to him.

Piperpig
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Piperpig 07/15/11 - 08:21 am
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Is nothing private anymore?

Is nothing private anymore? Would a story such as this have been printed 20 years ago?

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/15/11 - 08:25 am
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Riverman1, I agree.

Riverman1,

I agree.

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Patty-P 07/15/11 - 09:23 am
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Stories like this is the

Stories like this is the reason why I'm against legalizing drugs. These young adults and teens are doing this all the time. It's sad when it becomes tragic like this, but this is what will happen unless we start education and prevention programs soon. There's a huge assortment of new street drugs and most young folks have no clue what could happen when they mix them with others or with alcohol, etc.

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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 07/15/11 - 07:05 pm
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If you can crush if up and

If you can crush if up and make it look like rat poison, it tends to work the same way...

Drug "cocktails" are taking folks out world wide faster than illicit street drugs and they are legal under most circumstances yet may lead to death.. Although we certainly do not condone Cocaine it was most likely the Oxycodone and alcohol, TWO LEGAL DRUGS, that most likely formed the deadly drug cocktail that took this young man’s life. It may take as little as only ONE PILL and ANYTHING with alcohol in it to make a terminal drug cocktail.

My brothers beautiful STRAIGHT EDGED girlfriend died after she had minor surgery, took a DOCTOR PRESCRIBED pain pill and then later without thinking some cough syrup. One of my renters from N.A. died of an overdose that her hip-hop "boyfriend" administered, but because she had a presciption for it, and they lived together, the boyfriend was not prosecuted even though he took her car and almost everything she owned. Please keep these things in mind folks.

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scorehouse 07/15/11 - 03:03 pm
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to the Augusta Chronicle,
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to the Augusta Chronicle, have you no shame? why make this family go thru this again? is this your sick idea of a public service announcement? are you that jaded that this is your version of reporting the news? how many people who have died from aids have you relisted aids as their cause of death with a headline? this is reprehensible!

Cadence
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Cadence 07/15/11 - 03:04 pm
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Kids don't realize (nor do

Kids don't realize (nor do many adults) that mixing substances can be deadly.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/15/11 - 08:29 pm
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Craig Spinks, Who HASN"T

Craig Spinks,

Who HASN"T been "introduced" to drugs in school? I graduated from high school nearly 40 years ago, and my high school was crawling with drugs. It's not a middle-class "dirty" secret, it's in every school, every socioeconomic level, and has been for nearly 50 years- almost 4 school generations of kids.

And, btw, we are talking about a 23 year old MAN who was a senior in college, which has nothing to do with middle school and high school. You have absolutely no idea if he took drugs in middle school or high school.

And then people like Brad Owens calling a 23 year old man a "boy" and talking about "kids"- what? He wasn't a teenager, he knew all about drugs.

If a 23 year old is a "boy" and a "kid", at what age do you consider someone an adult and fully responsible for their own choices?

corgimom
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corgimom 07/15/11 - 08:32 pm
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"There's a huge assortment of

"There's a huge assortment of new street drugs and most young folks have no clue what could happen when they mix them with others or with alcohol, etc."

Yes, they do, they just think it'll never happen to them. Or they will start with one drug, become intoxicated and have impaired judgment, and then start mixing drugs.

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GaStang22 07/15/11 - 08:59 pm
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Patty, the drugs that ARE
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Patty, the drugs that ARE legal and prescribed to people are doing the same thing. I know a few people who have died from abusing their "legal" prescription, and know of many who have doctors who prescribe them dangerous addictive cocktails at all ages for their so called "pain"and the only real pain they have is the withdrawals from these drugs they have an addiction to because they originally took them to get high to start with and some sucker doctor bought their con. Then they think because they have been taking them so long, adding a little alcohol wont hurt, then they are dead!! I know, seen it first hand!! And everything they took was 100% "legal". Its been on the news a lot of people ODing on their prescribed drugs, legal alcohol or both. How often do you read about people ODing on marijuana? Like so rare it ain't funny if at all and usually its another hard hard drug was added to it.

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jbartley 07/15/11 - 09:37 pm
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All you can do is pray that

All you can do is pray that Philip is in a better place and his family will make it through this painful time!

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broad street narrow mind 07/16/11 - 09:40 am
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very sad. too bad people are
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very sad.
too bad people are spreading guilt. yes, mixing drugs is dangerous. mixing alcohol with some over the counter or prescription drugs is dangerous. too much alcohol on its own has killed a lot of 23-year-olds too. every young death is sad and surrounded by guilt.
it was a spring break excess like many others but went over the line. be careful, everybody, whether the drugs you're doing are legal, illegel or in between. too much is never good.

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