Prescription for Disaster: Lucy

Teen Tragedy

Dr. Phil expresses his sympathy for Lucy's loss and asks her, "Did you see this coming at all?"

"No, I kissed him the night before. The next morning, his sister walked in and found him dead," she says. She explains that she took her son to the doctor a few days earlier, because he complained of not feeling well.

"Where was he getting the pills?" Dr. Phil asks.

"He was getting them from his 14-year-old friend, who was getting them from the mother," Lucy replies. She explains that she thought her son died of a morphine overdose. "On his cell phone, there was a text message saying, ‘Be careful with morphine. It can kill you,' and my son's response was, ‘I know what I'm doing. I know what my body can handle,'" Lucy recalls. It wasn't until they received the toxicology results almost eight weeks later that they learned he had taken methadone.

[AD]Dr. Phil asks Diana, "Did you have any idea of what was going on with your brother?"

"Yes, I did, but I just actually told my mom that a couple of days ago," she says, explaining that her boyfriend at the time told her that her brother was taking pills. "Two days before, I was going to tell my mom, but I didn't want to get my boyfriend in trouble, so, I didn't tell."

Dr. Phil offers a message to kids. "This is not a secret you want to keep," he says. "There are certain things you can have friends come and tell you: if they're thinking about killing themselves, if they're doing dangerous drugs, if they're putting themselves in harm's way and at risk, that is not a secret you want to keep."

"I regret it now," Diana says.

[AD]"I know you feel really bad about that, but let me tell you, guilt implies a bad intent, and you certainly had no bad intention with your brother," Dr. Phil tells her. "You have to give yourself that."

Jeremy adds, "You're telling the truth now, and maybe somebody's watching this show, and you're going to save a life."

Dr. Phil points out that Lucy was an active and involved mother, who performed random drug tests on her kids, checked their cell phones and monitored their activity. "Those are the things that parents need to do, and you were doing that. But that's how nefarious this can be and how easy it is to hide these things."

Dr. Phil says to Dr. Urschel, "The fact that these are prescription pills does not in any way imply or suggest that these are safe."

"That is absolutely correct," he says. "In fact, the prescription drug addiction almost sucker-punches us, because it's prescribed by a physician, we think it may be safer, and that is completely untrue. Prescription medications, actually, are more powerful than many of the street drugs we have out there. What's most dangerous about it is when you combine different classes of medicines." He adds that combining the wrong pills can lead to death.

[AD]"There's a point at which these doctors are going to have to be accountable for freely writing these prescriptions and just giving things out to people," Dr. Phil says. He says to Loni, "You say it's going to be difficult for juries to see this as a crime, but at some point, these doctors have to be held accountable, right?"

 

"Absolutely, and I think now is the time," she says. "The one benefit that has come out of all of these celebrity deaths is people are seeing these doctors are doing the wrong thing. People are dying. It's not just a celebrity thing. It's a dangerous addiction that could kill anyone." She adds that now law enforcement is going after the doctors, and it's time for juries to acknowledge that there are "dirty doctors" out there. "They do have to be held criminally liable."