Drug positive
VERBAL VARIETY - Annie Perez (The Freeman) - February 12, 2019 - 12:00am

The autopsy report of the death of 19-year-old teenager just came out from the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police. It was confirmed that she died of an ecstasy overdose the night before the Sinulog, when she attended a party. This was the document all of the authorities were waiting for so they can move forward with the cases to be filed.

As of this writing, they are looking for the boyfriend of Ashley Abad who hasn't surfaced even to the investigation of the police for questioning. They are contemplating filing a case against him but couldn't tag him as a prime suspect yet. He is still a person of interest. The motive to kill has to be established but once that's settled a case for homicide will be lodged against him.

See how a small, selfish move can blow up into a big issue? We all know that at some point, teenagers would love to explore. I've been there too, but on a different scale. However, when these young individuals do not know the extent of what they have been doing then it would result to a very tragic event. I do not want to blame Ashley Abad because she was positive for drugs. Who would know? She could have been forced to take the drug or took it of her own preference. One thing is sure; somebody should be accountable for it.

We can't blame the parents who have given this young teenager the liberty of her teenage life. Ashley herself was conscious of her actions. Those around her should have been wise enough to tell her what she couldn’t handle, as a sign of respect and concern for the young lady. This didn't happen anyway.

Today, the story of Ashley becomes a reminder that illegal drugs should be taken seriously. Although this isn't the conventional drug that we know lurking in the streets such as shabu, party drugs is also a serious issue to discuss. The authorities said that they are having a hard time tracking down those who are involved in this trade because they are often found in bars and high-end subdivisions. Legislators should step up their game when it comes to laws pertaining to authorities doing operations in such areas.

Ashley reminds us that life is short and there is so much to live for. A night of enjoyment shouldn't just end your life as well. Be careful who you are with, or they might just be the ones who would bring you down. I wonder what she would have been saying amidst the controversy today. Would she be happy that her boyfriend is being tracked down by authorities? Or that this issue of party drugs should be put to a stop? I hope she is not taking this lightly.

When all this ends, we remember her and think twice when it comes to parties and the illegal activities that hound it. We should be extra careful so this will not happen again.

ASHLEY ABAD
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