Pennsylvania Dad Charged With Giving Daughter Heroin That Led To Overdose

By Kelly Burch 10/19/16

The teenager reportedly told police that her father provided the heroin because she asked for it. 

Pennsylvania Dad Charged With Giving Daughter Heroin That Led To Overdose

A Pennsylvania dad is facing charges after he allegedly provided heroin to his 16-year-old daughter, who overdosed on the drug.

Kerry Long, 35, is facing charges of aggravated assault after giving his daughter heroin, according to Lancaster Online. He is also charged with corruption of a minor, endangering the welfare of a child and possession with intent to deliver heroin. 

Long’s daughter overdosed on Oct. 8, and was saved after receiving four doses of naloxone. 

Police found the teen at home after her grandmother called 911. She was found unconscious on the floor and was not breathing. Two bags of heroin were found on a nearby bed. 

The girl was taken to the hospital for treatment, and later told police that her father provided the heroin because she asked for it. 

Although cases of parents providing heroin spark outrage, they are not particularly uncommon. In fact, a survey of individuals in drug treatment found that 20% of people obtained drugs from their parents, and 6% of them had done heroin with their mom or dad. 

“These findings should disturb everyone involved in preventing drug use among kids,” Dr. Mitchell S. Rosenthal, a psychiatrist and president of Phoenix House, told ABC News in August. 

Although the study findings are disturbing, it is important to note that the participants were already people who were in treatment for addiction, and therefore didn’t represent the general population. 

“It’s important to realize that these are kids who have already gotten in serious trouble with drugs,” says Alyse Booth, spokeswoman for the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University said. “I don’t think 20% of parents across the country are smoking dope with their kids.” 

However, she added, “a large majority of Baby Boomers did use illegal drugs and are more likely to have a benign attitude [to their kids using them].”

However, stories about parents and children sharing a drug habit are becoming more common amid the nation’s opiate crisis. Last month, Dr. Phil featured a mother and son bonded by heroin addiction. 

“This isn’t normal,” the son said. “This is about as dysfunctional as it gets.” 

In Ohio last week, a mother and grandmother pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of 16-year-old Andrew Frye. Frye was found in a hotel room where he and a friend had injected heroin that he allegedly obtained from his mother, Heather Frye, and grandmother, Brenda Frye. Prosecutors say that Brenda Frye received the heroin from her boyfriend, who pleaded guilty to possession. 

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