For the record

The Kent Island Bay Times - - News -

In last week’s story, “Opi­ate abuse talk held at KI High,” mother Chris Jones’ story was con­fused with that of an­other par­ent. A Gra­sonville res­i­dent, Jones lost her 23-year-old son Bran­don to a drug over­dose. Here is Jones’ story as it should have read:

“I loved my kids, but I loved them to death,” Jones said.

She talked about how Bran­don started drink­ing at his dad’s when he was 15. His in­tro­duc­tion to other drugs came soon af­ter. He started smok­ing weed and took his first mor­phine pill from a friend just be­fore he was 16. Jones blames her­self for en­abling Bran­don. “I’d go and buy him weed be­cause I wanted my my kid happy. I didn’t want him to be up­set with me,” she said. On Mon­day, Jones clar­i­fied that hap­pened af­ter Bran­don was over 18, an adult, and had moved out on his own.

Be­fore his death, Bran­don had served 13 months in jail for theft. He was out and liv­ing at home. Ev­ery­thing seemed to be go­ing well.

“To my knowl­edge, he was al­most seven months clean,” Jones said.

The night he died, they had been talk­ing in his room. “The last thing he said to me was, I love you mom,” Jones said. It was shortly af­ter mid­night.

She re­turned to the liv­ing room, had a cig­a­rette and was about to go to bed her­self when she no­ticed Bran­don’s light was still on, Jones said.

She knocked on his door, walked in and found him face down on the bed. At first, Jones said she thought he was asleep, un­til she turned him over and he was blue.

Just nine min­utes passed from the time they talked to the time she called 911.

“If you’ve got a kid that’s us­ing, don’t turn your back on them ...,” she said. “You need to stay in touch with your kid. Let them know, hey, I love you, I will al­ways love you, and I’m here to sup­port you when you’re ready to get help.”

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