THE PARENTS of an Arbroath teenager who died after an accidental drugs overdose launched a DVD on Thursday that hopes to prevent more young deaths.
Colin and Lisa Hutton lost their daughter Lisa (15) following a night out with her friends in June, 2010.
And the DVD, produced using money raised by Colin and Denise, entitled ‘Don’t Walk Away’ explains what action young people should take if they suspect they or their friends need medical help after taking alcohol or drugs or a combination of both which could cause them harm or worse.
The tragic death of Lisa could have been avoided if only her friends had known what to do.
The hope is that this DVD will stop another accidental death from occurring.
Denise said: “If Lisa’s friends had known what to do Lisa may still be with us today.”
Sadly, too many young people are unaware of the risks of taking drugs or are not sure what action to take if they suspect their friends are in trouble.
The DVD was produced by Barnardo’s Self Harm Initiative and funded by money raised and donated by Lisa’s parents.
Murdo Mathers, service manager at Barnardo’s Scotland Self Harm Initiative, said: “We’re very grateful to Mr and Mrs Hutton for their contribution towards funding and taking part in making this DVD.
“The DVD has the potential to be used more widely by schools and other youth organisations throughout Angus and across the country.
“We would be delighted to share this resource to help more young people stay safe.”