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SAMs Watch: Honoring a Lost Life by Saving Others

The NIDA Blog Team

Sam Motsay had lots of talent and big plans. A 16-year old honors student in Center Grove, Indiana, he also loved being an athlete and playing tenor sax in his school band. He was really into hiking, fishing, hunting, and gaming. He planned to study finance in college.

One day in May 2014, Sam and a couple of his friends tried what they thought was LSD or acid. Sam went to bed later that evening, and the next morning he didn’t wake up. He didn’t know he had actually taken a synthetic drug called NBOMe, or N-bomb (also known as “Smiles” or “2-5-1”). The drug killed him.

Sounding the alarm

Sam’s grief-stricken family had never heard of N-bomb—one of several recently-emerging synthetic or “designer” drugs—and neither had local law enforcement. In an attempt to prevent what happened to Sam from happening to others, his family formed SAMs Watch, a non-profit organization that educates young people about the dangers of N-bomb and other synthetics. They want everyone to know that this can happen to good kids who make quick decisions based on bad information, usually in social situations.

SAMs Watch—in particular, Sam’s mother Jeanine—has spoken to community groups, given media interviews, and made public service announcements about synthetic drugs. The organization also has a Twitter feed about the evolving dangers of these drugs. In these ways his mother honors Sam’s lost potential by preventing other similar tragedies.

And this month, SAMs Watch is teaming up with NIDA to encourage middle and high schools in Indiana and Kentucky to participate in National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM (NDAFW). (Your school can get involved in NDAFW, too; check out the resources at the link.)

Education starts with you

SAMs Watch is on a mission to save lives, and you can help by learning the facts about synthetic drugs. They include:

All of these synthetic drugs have unpredictable effects, and all of them can be deadly.

Bring the message of SAMs Watch into your community by letting other people know about the serious risks of taking synthetic drugs, and the danger of trusting anyone trying to push you to take drugs. You could really save someone’s life. 

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Comments

this is a sad story and I hope nobody does this drug its really bad and nobody should take it ever im doing a project on dont do drugs and i think this is a really good story to do it on ;)
This is a really sad story
NOOOOOO IT ISNT
wym????????
NOOOOOOO
I agree because this is super wrong!!!
As a fellow Hoosier, I watch Sam's mom fight to save other families from the tragedy she has had to endure all of the time. I am continually amazed at how strong, compassionate and capable Jeanine is, as an educator and advocate for our communities here. I am glad to see that we are not the only folks who can see what a great job Jeanine is doing in getting out information that is saving lives!
I completely agree with Kathleen. Thank you, Jeanine, for all that you are doing to help educate all of us. I know that nothing will ever replace the loss of Sam, but as a parent I cannot thank you enough for the legacy you are building based on your loss. You are a blessing to many and are truly appreciated. I support you and your mission 110% - thank you!
NO
this is really sad for him
thank you
this is sad. I do drug education in a inner city school and this stuff is all over the community. We need more people education and talking to our teens. great write up. thank you.
i hope this story does not come to reality for any other teen in this world.
NO
NO
I bet this true so people need to stop saying its not,its rude to say that stuff on here so if your not going say something nice dont say anything at all
This is a tragic story and thank you for highlighting the efforts made to ensure that other teens are saved from this fate. It is important that we are all educated about these kinds of drugs – parents, teens, teachers and others – so that we can openly talk about the dangers and the attraction of these drugs. We need to understand that teens always want to experiment, but that they must be helped to avoid taking this dangerous option.
This is a tragic story and thank you for highlighting the efforts made to ensure that other teens are saved from this fate. It is important that we are all educated about these kinds of drugs – parents, teens, teachers and others – so that we can openly talk about the dangers and the attraction of these drugs. We need to understand that teens always want to experiment, but that they must be helped to avoid taking this dangerous option.
Tragedy!
I agree that this is super wrong and why do people do this to themselves
that is so sad

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