SCHOOL pupils were stunned into silence as the mother of a drug addict told them how she had spent more than £40,000 keeping her son alive.
Jenny Chase, 74, told the Year 11 class at Bay House School, in Gomer Lane, Gosport she had spent the money sending her son to rehab clinics and paying for medicine to keep him off heroin.
After yesterday’s talk Mrs Chase, of Megson Drive in Lee-on-the-Solent, will speak to one class each day this week about the effects of drug addiction, following similar talks last year.
She did not want The News to name her son, as she is concerned it will disrupt his recovery process.
Pupils were shocked as she told them her son, who had stolen £3,000 worth of jewellery from her but is now not using heroin, has hepatitis C, after he shared a needle with another addict.
She said: ‘I’ve spent an awful lot of money keeping my son alive because I had the resources, I didn’t want him to die and I knew he would.
‘He should have been buried up at Ann’s Hill Cemetery or cremated by now.
‘I love him so much and I do not want to visit a grave.’
The 47-year-old has been using drugs for about 20 years and started smoking cannabis before progressing on to harder drugs.
Mrs Chase told the pupils of one of the times she looked after her son as he attempted to come off heroin.
‘He came to me for help so I nursed him through cold turkey, I looked after him all night,’ she said.
‘I was watching him in terrible, awful sickness, he was violently sick as the body is fighting it all the time.
That time retired Mrs Chase had to call an ambulance to take him to Queen Alexandra Hospital as he had burst a blood vessel in his stomach.
She said her son, who has two adult children and a teenage daughter, is now looking for work and is in a relationship with a woman.
Pupils were shocked as she told them he is due to have all of his teeth removed today after paying the toll of his addiction.
Mrs Chase only discovered the extent of his drug problem after being called one evening when he drove his van into a school.
Hampshire Constabulary recognised her work with Operation Fortress, which targets drug-related crime, to prevent drug use at an awards night last month.