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Heroin in the hallways: one mother's journey to help her son

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Heroin in the hallways: one mother's journey to help her son

CREATED Jul 25, 2012

Reporter: April Madison  Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - "There is No Hero in Heroin."

Jan Nargi sat down with 9 On Your Side going over the story detailed in her book.. a story about a mother and her son's journey with his addiction.    

"It was a collaboration of when he had gone through a second recovery from his heroin addiction," Nargi says. "And we thought doing something like this might help him focus on something other than finding his old friends, using, and maybe having something positive come from it."

She told me it all started one day when Nargi's son and a group of friends got bored.     

"My son is highly intelligent and he's bored very easily," she says. "He started smoking pot, they started selling it in school to make more money to buy the pot. It got very easy for him, he got bored, he started experimenting with Oxycontin, actually his friend's mother turned him onto smoking the Oxycontin and then another friends family turned him onto the heroin."

Nargi's son -- we've agreed to withhold his first name -- describes how easy it was to use the drugs at school.

"I would just sit in class and grind up lines, and snort lines right in class," he says. "It was so easy. I remember I would walk around the school and smoke weed out of a pipe."

That school? Mountain View High School. Jan Nargi describes her fight to get the school to do something.

"I'm a single parent, and I didn't want him to be a statistic," says Nargi.  "And he spent more time in the schools than he did with me. So I went to the schools, and I said you know he's smoking pot, he's smoking Oxycontin, he's using heroin. And I didn't get anywhere."

Nargi told me that one administrator told her she didn't have time to look into her son's drug use at the school, but if they saw it... They'd arrest him.

"They actually took away his off-campus pass, and they still let him leave," she says. "And he ended up getting arrested one afternoon when he was supposed to be in class. He went 100 days without going to school, and they didn't call me."

"I went to the police, I've tried to get him arrested," says Nargi. "I did a lot of things to try to help, try to get him arrested and get him the help they needed because unfortunately unless he's in the system, he can't get the help."

Back in 2009, KGUN9 went to Mountain View High School to question Nargi's claims.

Administrators told us they followed strict guidelines when it came to drug use, but couldn't tell us what action, if any, the school actually took.

They pointed out that everything had happened under a previous principal... And insisted that the school now has a strict no tolerance drug policy.

But Nargi and her son say they have stayed in touch with parents and current students.  The problem.. They say... Is getting worse.    

"Studies on Ethics? They should be studying about drugs and having parents come in and do classes," she says. "Maybe they should close campuses so kids can't leave that easily. Maybe they should require a curriculum in drug addiction and prevention."

"Shut the whole school down, bring the drug dogs through," says Nargi's son. "Bust somebody, make an example out of somebody, with like the task force that nobody knows about. Come in there and take them to jail right in class."

Nargi hopes her book will educate parents and the community about what's really happening... and make schools take a more active approach on prevention.

If you would like more information about Nargi's book, visit her website.