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After he passed out, some tried frantically to figure out his location while others argued against getting involved.
But the technology that brought as many as a dozen chatters into the intimacy of Vedas' bedroom was unable to tell them where he was.
"And most people assume that if a doctor is giving you something, it must be fine." Vedas, who worked in computer support at the University of Phoenix, knew a lot about the dangers of mixing drugs. "Don't OD on us, Ripper," said one of the onlookers watching Vedas swallow pill after pill. He said it was safe and noted, "My mom is in the next room doing crozzwordz." As he took more and more, Vedas' typing became disjointed. "Ripper you should try to pass out in front of the cam," suggested one gleeful voyeur. "They forget it's not just words on a screen." Link to original article Please click here to go back to the original thread if you want to discuss this transcript or the article.
But he also bragged delusionally about his "high tolerance." His mother knew he had been prescribed pills for depression but no one in the family knew he was mixing his medicine for fun, his brother said. 12, Vedas urged chat pals to log onto his Web site and watch him go through his stash. "That's not much," said a teenager from rural Oklahoma who calls himself Smoke2K. I wanna see if you survive or if you just black out." In the macho atmosphere of the druggie chat room, Vedas seemed to have something to prove. Vedas even tried to protect himself against disaster.
The most recent survey by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says 11.1 million people used prescription drugs for fun in 2000, nearly half of whom were under 25.
In New York City, the number of people showing up in emergency rooms after taking too many legal narcotics jumped 47.6% from 2000 to 2001, the most recent year for which numbers are available.
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"In 2001, for the first time, we had more emergency room mentions of prescription narcotic analgesics nationally than for heroin," said Dr.
Westley Clark, director of the administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.
In Internet discussion groups, users trade tips on how to fake symptoms to con a doctor into prescribing pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants and sedatives. "I didn't give them any info." In the end, there was nothing they could do.