Garrett Reid’s death sparks renewed look at substance abuse

Garrett Reid, at his funeral.

Garrett Reid, son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, will be laid to rest tomorrow, but the medical examiner has yet to release a cause of death.

The 29-year-old’s body was discovered Sunday in a dorm room at Lehigh University where the Eagles are holding training camp. Lehigh University Police Chief Ed Shupp said there was no sign of foul play.

By numerous accounts, the younger Reid seemed to be turning his life around after bouts with substance abuse and legal problems in 2007. During that tumultuous year, Garrett Reid was arrested on drug charges and later sentenced to two years in a drug rehab program and three years probation about being caught smuggling pills into prison.

Since leaving rehab, he had worked as an assistant to strength and conditioning coach Barry Rubin. He had planned begin studies in sports management in the fall, the family said.

Although there has been no official word, Garrett Reid’s sudden death has put the spotlight on substance abuse.

Dr. Kyle Kampman, medical director of the Charles O’Brien Center for Addiction Treatment at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, said relapses are not unusual for opiate-dependent patients.

“We hope that the remission lasts forever, but we know that in most cases it won’t,” Kampman said. To treat such a condition, he said, experts usually suggest counseling, twelve-step programs and prescribed medication.

Despite such a careful treatment plan, Kampman said that people, places and things often remind recovering addicts of getting high, which triggers a desire to use.

“Most people who physically relapse, it’s a craving that triggers most relapses,” he said.

Services for Garrett Reid will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Church of the Latter Day Saints of Jesus Christ in Broomall, Pa.


Monday is the deadline to register for Pennsylvania…

If residents want to vote in the May primary, which includes a vote for a new City Council member, today is the deadline to register.


Miss America thinks school should reconsider discipline of…

A Pa. student was suspended for asking Miss America to prom.


Aria Health Torresdale workers caught selling prescription drugs

Two Aria Health at Torresdale employees were fired amid accusations they sold prescription drugs out of the Northeast Philadelphia campus.


Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter died Sunday from prostate cancer…

Former U.S. professional boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who spent 19 years in prison for murder and then was released after it was determined he did not get a fair trial,…


‘Mad Men’ recap: Season 7, Episode 2, ‘A…

Peggy and Lou are horrible, Bert's racist, Don is honest(ish) and Roger and Pete are frustrated. "A Day's Work" not quite worthy of "This Will Be Our Year."


'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…


Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…


Ray Emery steps up in Flyers’ Game 2…

Sure, he allowed two goals in the Rangers’ first four shots Sunday afternoon, but it’s about how you start, not how you finish.


Flyers come from behind, even series with Rangers

The Flyers overcame a two-goal deficit to get a much-needed win at Madison Square Garden Sunday.


Phillies get set for four against the Dodgers

The Phillies will face tough starting pitching out west against the Dodgers this week.


Phillies notebook: Cole Hamels returns this week

The Phillies should receive a big boost when Cole Hamels returns during the Dodgers series.


Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…


Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…


Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…


4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.