For the record
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.”