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Valley Cottage Man, 21, Dies of Possible Overdose

Clarkstown police said the death was most likely accidental

A 21-year-old Valley Cottage resident has died after possibly overdosing Friday night, confirmed Clarkstown police. 

The man was home from college and visiting with three or four friends at another Valley Cottage home when the incident occurred. He was placed on life support and was "precarious overnight," said Sgt. Alan Armstrong. The death occurred sometime during the night. 

No further information is being released until the family is notified. 

Tom May 12, 2012 at 06:44 PM
What a shame. Another young life wasted. May he RIP
Scotty May 13, 2012 at 03:19 AM
At 21 years old no less....and just before mother's day...a life tossed out and a family wrecked...shame.
Watchdog May 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM
How do you take an "accidental" drug overdose? Sugarcoating the reporting of these deaths by drugs will only result in more deaths.
Carolyn May 13, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Yes I agree with Watchdog no overdose is accidental, the moment you agree to take drugs is the moment you take chances with your life. What a shame that the young people have not gotten the message yet. I just can't believe that with all the drug education we give our kids that this is still going on. The report also says at friends house, I disagree with that also friends that do drugs together are the enemy!!!!
Chris May 13, 2012 at 03:16 PM
What a shame, he had brains so he was in college but not enough to stay away from street drugs.
A May 13, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Most overdoses are accidental and alcohol can cause it too, not just "street drugs". I know the family and who he was and he was an awesome person and of age to drink. You think a 21 year old with a full life ahead of him saw this happening while hanging with some friends? I dont think so. Just because it is in the news doesn't mean all the facts were reported so please refrain from stating how people can be stupid because it was an accident. Have some respect for him and his family and friends who are grieving.
Elbe May 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Amazing that anybody could be so judgemental about something they are simply reading about. Have a heart, it's Mother's Day, did you notice this is a 21 year old young man. I don't know him, you don't know him, you shouldn't try to pretend to know the situation.
lil May 13, 2012 at 11:58 PM
The report is not fact. The police do not know what caused his death and needless to say it WAS an accident he did not intend to die.. the incident happened Thursday which goes to show how misconstrued this report is. Have some respect for this loving family who is grieving..
Tom Truth May 14, 2012 at 12:24 PM
@lil - umm, the incident happened on Friday, just after 12 noon. So let's at least be accurate when you are trying to enter the discussion. Condolences to all involved - there are several families who are undoubtedly feeling the loss here. All the facts are not in, but this may well be a case of just a tragic set of circumstances. Did alcohol play a part in the death - most likely, but not necessarily in any direct way. Please be patient on this one. But if you have kids, and yes, I consider early 20's still a kid, this is an opportunity to yet again sit them down, and discuss (not lecture) about choices in life and how even seemingly innocuous things like a night out partying can have some unimaginable consequences. We can't expect our kids to live life in a bubble, but as tragic as this incident is, was it unavoidable - I think the answer to that is no. But my heart goes out to these families, as I know it could easily happen to my kids despite my attempts to steer them in the right direction.
lil May 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM
@Tom..he went out Thursday night. The ambulance was called on Friday. I know the family.
Watchdog May 14, 2012 at 01:35 PM
If you stand on the edge of a roof and fall off, is it an "accident" . Your comments about alcohol suggest that you do not really understand the problem. Alcohol is a drug whether it is legal or not. I am sure he did not intend to die but it was no accident when you place yourself in an environment where people do die.
Tom Truth May 14, 2012 at 02:38 PM
@lil - you are correct in that, and having re-read the brief article they do have that incorrect - it was Thursday night into Friday afternoon.
Truly sorry May 14, 2012 at 11:27 PM
I agree that no OD is accidental, but dissagree on that the others where not friends but enemies. These are good kids from good families that as many others went out to party and experimented with drugs. They didn't drive, instead took a taxi, because they knewthey weren't in condition to drive. This is truly a tragedy, my heart goes to the families involved and especially to all the friends that where with him, that most be feeling horrible.I have taken the opportunity to speak to my 7 and 11 years old daughter and nice. I siggest as a parent for all to do the same.
Truly sorry May 14, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Perhaps the excesive information on drugs given to kids these days, spark interest in them. As the saying goes, ignorance is bliss. In my days we were lessinformed and had less incidence of everything, teen pregnancies, bullying, drugs, etc.
Angela May 15, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I could not agree more!
Angela May 15, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Teenager..take note...Do not drink or do drugs. "partying" with friends to be cool leads to poor choices. This mans life could have been spared. He could be living, laughing and making a difference.
Z May 15, 2012 at 02:16 AM
My heart breaks for the family and parents should never say never, not my child, etc. I have been through those years with my children and Tom Truth is right - no matter how much you preach, teach, etc. to your children, they feel that nothing will ever happen to them.
Tulip May 16, 2012 at 04:30 AM
What happened here?!!! He was studying Criminal Justice system and planned to be a New York City police officer and already had been accepted at the Police Academy for the class of 2012.. He was an Athlete, So you would think he knew better! When you abuse alcohol to the point of getting drunk your judgment gets impaired and affects your actions and ability to think about what you are doing . You make bad decisions which could harm you or people around you.
Fred Herring May 16, 2012 at 05:47 PM
It was an accident. It was an overdose. Sometimes with street drugs, you don't know the actual amounts of drug(s) therein. Also one only needs 2000 mg of acetaminophen to start shutting down the liver. Accidents are easy to come by- can't tell you how many i've read about- how bout you?
Heartbroken May 17, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Regardless of your judgemental opinions, a beautiful life was lost. Rather than discussing this tragedy, which I GUARANTEE none of you know ANYTHING about...try showing a bit more compassion for our family and for all of our loved ones who were left behind, deeply saddened. As if we aren't having a hard enough time, to hear these irrational comments really does not make the "hour by hour" that we are just trying to get through, any easier! I personally would appreciate it..!!!
Cheri Coleman May 17, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Tom, Thank you for being the voice of reason, compassion and not judgement. We have lost another human being..period, and that deserves prayer for him, his family and all of us who could have experienced similar circumstances through our own foolishness. Its always self righteous when it happens to someone else...what kind of world is this that we can become so cynical in what is a tragedy regardless of the circumstances....this young man is dead...isn't that payment enough for his actions?
Cheri Coleman May 17, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Heartbroken, I totally agree with you and find the remarks far more painful than it need be. Even jesus weeps when this happens to one of His children...I am so sorry for your loss and I pray that the days ahead are buffeted by those who love you unconditionally and compassionately.
ccsdmomof2 May 17, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Heartbroken, my son was a very good friend of this young man and his biggest fear is exactly what is happening and is being said by these arrogant people. The people who knew your family know the kind of kid he was, knew his personality and character and know better than to listen to or read this nonsense. The funny part is all reports state that the real cause of death is not even known yet so why don't you all just go back in your glass houses and replace it with brick because one day a stone is going to be thrown at you because of incorrect information and then you'll be crying foul. Do not judge people until you are in their shoes. May this beautiful child rest in peace and may his family find the strength to move forward and be tough enough to ignore fools like the ones that are posting here. God Bless you and your family Heartbroken.

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