• Father warns other parents after finding son dead of overdose: ‘Be scared of drugs'

    By: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    Craig Holladay had a sit-down conversation with his son about drugs. He thought he made some headway when it came to using drugs.

    Holladay said his son Layton Holladay had a battle with addiction, WRAL reported

    Layton, 17, talked with his dad about getting back into the life he had been missing.

    But Wednesday, the hope came to an end.

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    “His alarm went off at 5:30 this morning and kept beeping and getting louder and louder, where it woke me up,” Holladay said.

    Holladay said his son died sometime overnight from a mixture of drugs, WRAL reported.

    He said his son went down the path of addiction quickly.

    “This is short in terms of how long people typically deal with this. It’s only been since December, a year ago,” Holladay told WRAL. “So, we’re talking 14 months that he started. He started with vaping and then it became marijuana and then it became Xanax.”

    Holladay believes that his son could send a message to his friends and families, he’d first tell them he loved them, but there would be a deeper message.

    “I think he would tell them, ‘Be scared of drugs. Be scared,’” Holladay told WRAL.

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