Teen’s Parents Reveal What Killed High School Football Player


UPDATED: Thursday January 31, 2013 10:12 AM

A teen’s parents gathered students and parents on Wednesday to warn them about a potentially dangerous drug.

Mother Dawn Havens said that her 16-year-old son, a student at Miami Trace High School, died in October.

The autopsy report was just released, and Havens’ parents said that they wanted to use their tragedy to help save another child.

According to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office,  Nick died following complications from a lethal dose of methadone – a drug commonly used to manage chronic pain.

“It seems that this was a one-time deal, and we will never know if he was in pain or whether he thought it would help him sleep or just because,” Havens said.

The family said that they want to help their son’s classmates and their parents by sharing his story and teach about the risk of methadone.

Havens said that by helping others, it was helping them work through the grief of losing Nick.

“If I save another child, I’ll let God have Nickolas,” Havens said.

Dawn Havens, who is a hospice nurse, said that while she appreciates how methadone has helped many of her patients, her personal experience has been devastating.

She said she wants to go to other schools to share her son’s story.

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