WE CARD IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM TO INCLUDE INHALANTS IN MEMORY OF KEITH LAWRENCE WAGNER – 12/12/82 -8/7/98 Project Keith
PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ON
Your email address became available to me during an internet search for drug abuse awareness associations and grieving parent groups. My name is Margaret Ann Wagner. Although I may not be a resident of your state or a member of your organization; this issue involves the danger of inhalants for all of our children.
My son Keith was killed August 7, 1998 in an auto accident in Kinnelon, N. J. where I resided at the time. The driver of the car got high on Glade aerosol and passed out at the wheel. Keith was a passenger and was DOA. Keith was only 15. Since his death I have become an Inhalant Abuse Advocate, I am a member of the Lake Wallenpaupack Drug Task Force, a speaker at local schools and organizations about the dangers of inhalant abuse.
In 2000, I testified at the request of Senator Bucco, and Assemblyman Merkt before the Congress Safety Committee in Trenton, New Jersey. “Keith’s Law” was incorporated into the current DUI Law making inhalants, vapors and fumes chargeable “by evidence only” This is particularly important since inhalant use dissipates from the blood stream within an hour and the only other way to prove inhalant use is at autopsy. Sadly at that time we found out that Keith has also been huffing. My slogan then became “Good Kids Get High and Good Kids Die.
OUR CHILDREN ARE KILLING THEMSELVES AND IT HAS TO STOP.
I am writing to ask for your help and support for you or your organization to propose to your local governmental representative to have inhalants included in the “We Card” identification system already in place nationwide for alcohol and tobacco to include identification required for the purchase of inhalants by minors under the age of 18.
Please advise if you would be willing to pass Project Keith on to your local state or governmental representative so that they might be willing to be involved with the processes needed to have a nationwide law passed to help eliminate this danger to our children.
For more information, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; – 269 Oak Hill Road, Hawley, PA 18428. Please visit Keith’s website at www.geocities.com\Wellesley\Atrium\5833; or visit www.inhalants.org.
Also please supply me with any other type of resource or contact information that may help me achieve my goal.
Thank you. Sincerely, Margaret Ann Wagner