The mother of a 20-year-old man who died in England after taking legal highs wants her son’s ashes scattered on a Donegal GAA pitch.
Jimmy Guichard died in hospital in Kent earlier this month after taking a legal herbal high.
The former St. Eunan’s College student suffered a heart attack and brain damage.
Letterkenny woman Karen Audino made the decision to turn off her son’s life support machine.
She has released the photograph of Jimmy in hospital on a life support machine to get the message through to young people about the dangers of drugs. She has also started a campaign to have the sale of such legal highs banned in the UK.
Karen says Jimmy used such legal highs in Letterkenny before they were made illegal here.
The family, including Jimmy’s sisters Samantha and Katie, moved to Donegal when Jimmy was 12. He went to England to be with his father 11 months ago. Karen says she wants to scatter some of his ashes on Letterkenny’s O’Donnell Park, which was “like a second home” to Jimmy, who was a keen hurler.
Speaking to the Donegal Democrat from England she said: “Jimmy absolutely loved that place.”
She said the decision to release the photograph of Jimmy in hospital was a very difficult one. “The only reason we did it was I know teenagers wouldn’t necessarily read an article, but the visual has more of an effect on them.”
Karen has enlisted the help of MPs to have the laws on the sale of legal highs changed. “It’s the fact that he could buy them in a shop. I know he would not have gone online and bought them with a debit card. It is the fact that they are available in nearly every town in these headshops. The laws that they have in Ireland are what I want over here.”
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