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He said Noah\u2019s friend called 911 and possibly other friends before he came downstairs. Noah, an 18-year-old
recent Rochester Adams High School alumnus died about 1:30 a.m. July 29 of a heroin overdose. It was the first
time he used the drug.
\u201cTime is stopped for us,\u201d Peter said. \u201cWe just keep waiting for him to come home. It seems so weird. He just
graduated. He\u2019s 18. He\u2019s ready to fly, he\u2019s going go to (Oakland Community College) and he didn\u2019t make it out
of the nest.\u201d
As Oakland County sees a rising threat in heroin, Peter is working with Judge Julie Nicholson of the 52-3 District
Court Rochester Hills to share Noah\u2019s story, hoping it will impact other young people and make them think
about the consequences of their actions.
they do with it is up to them.\u201d
The video has images of Noah growing up, with Peter narrating as Noah and ends with his casket.
\u201cAs hard as that is to look at, I wanted everyone to know you aren\u2019t supposed to see your 18-year-old in a
casket. All I can do is preach to the kids that parents should not bury their kids,\u201d Peter said.
At the funeral, Peter had a message for Noah\u2019s friends.
\u201cI told every kid, \u2018Only you know where to cross the line. Don\u2019t cross the line.\u2019 Every individual has a line to
Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive drug that can be snorted, smoked or injected intravenously. It\u2019s
processed from morphine, a central nervous system depressant, which is extracted from poppy plants. According
to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, people who use it have an initial feeling of euphoria followed by
dry mouth and heavy extremities.
means to purchase it,\u201d Nicholson said of the rise in users.
She said she\u2019s been seeing more 17- or 18-year-old people in her court with heroin involvement than before, too.
\u201cIt\u2019s something that\u2019s occurring so we have to let (teenagers) know it\u2019s out there and what the consequences
are,\u201d she said.
In Oakland County, drug investigations involving heroin have risen every year since 2005.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said the number of heroin investigations in the county have increased
from 29 in 2005 to 33 in 2006, 42 in 2007 and is approaching 40 so far in 2008.
\u201cWe\u2019re seeing a lot of that activity in segments you wouldn\u2019t expect,\u201d he said.
Dr. Agnes Wrobel, addiction psychiatrist at Henry Ford Behavioral Health-Maplegrove Center in West
Lt. Joseph Quisenberry of the Oakland County Sheriff\u2019s Narcotic Enforcement Team (NET), said that in
Southeast Michigan the drug threat of heroin is third behind cocaine and marijuana. Most heroin makes its way
to the suburbs through Detroit or Chicago, originally coming from Southwest Asia or Mexico.
close to his parents.
The day before he died, Noah baby-sat his brother, then 2 years old.
The night he died, he\u2019d met curfew and brought his friend home with him.
Paula said, just like every night, Noah told her goodnight, gave her a kiss and said he\u2019d see her in the morning.
\u201cI honestly could not ask for a better child,\u201d she said. \u201cHow many boys kiss their mom at night?\u201d
Paula said officials determined that Noah died instantly when his lungs collapsed after he snorted the heroin. She
said they were able to determine that he\u2019d never used heroin before.
\u201cThis has rocked everybody right to their core, because nobody ever expected it,\u201d she said of his death.
Wrobel said people who are most at risk for overdosing are young people who are inexperienced with drugs or
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