Braintree: Taylor’s Message substance abuse forum held at high school

A mom, whose teenage daughter died from an alcohol related drowning, spoke before a large audience at an anti-alcohol and drug forum at Braintree High School Thursday night.

In 2008, 17 year old Taylor Meyer went drinking with friends in the woods near an abandoned airport in the town of Norfolk. She left the party alone and headed out through a swampy area and was found three days later, drowned in two feet of water.

Taylor’s mom Kathi Sullivan told her emotional story, warning teens about the consequences of poor decisions regarding alcohol and drugs.

“When they found Taylor, my beautiful 5’8” daughter was found in two feet of water, drowned. She knew how to swim. She had the best sense of direction possible and she was alone in those woods, in two feet of water, drowned, because of the alcohol in her system. It was the only reason guys. It was the only reason she was alone in those woods, to pass away. These were poor choices, from Taylor and her friends,” Sullivan told the audience.

 Kathi’s husband, Chris Sullivan also spoke at forum. The former New England Patriot won the Super Bowl with the Pats in 2002 and shared his story about how drugs and alcohol took everything.

“I went from Percocet, to Vicodan, to Oxycontin and eventually to heroin. From 2002 to 2005, my addiction went to the point where I was using 8 grams of heroin a day. In a two year period, I was spending $25,000 to $26,000 a month. I played in the NFL for six years and made about $5 million bucks. I did drugs for six years and I lost $5 million bucks,” Chris Sullivan said.


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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.