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Michael Philbin was intoxicated, had marijuana

Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:27 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2012 4:31 pm
PhilbinBy Josh Katzowitz

About two months after the body of Michael Philbin, the son of new Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, was positively identified after he drowned in the Fox River in Oshkosh, Wis., toxicology reports show Michael was intoxicated and had marijuana in his system.

According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, Philbin’s blood alcohol level was 0.176, more than two times the legal limit, when he fell through the ice and into the freezing river.

His death has been ruled accidental.

"The loss of a child and sibling is absolutely heartbreaking to a family," Joe Philbin said in a statement released in conjunction with the Oshkosh police department. "Ours is no different. We hope that the results of the recent toxicology report serves as a reminder to us all that the mixture of alcohol and marijuana can be extremely dangerous, potentially even fatal.

"Michael was alone when this incident occurred. For us as a family this has been the most difficult thing to deal with. Had he been with someone this would have been avoided. The message is clear: practice moderation in the consumption of alcohol, avoid illegal drugs, and if someone appears to be in need of assistance, help them so that this situation doesn’t occur again."

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Since: Mar 15, 2012
Posted on: March 15, 2012 3:05 am

Michael Philbin was intoxicated, had marijuana

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Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:04 pm

Michael Philbin was intoxicated, had marijuana

It's amazing what good parenting will do or not do.   But people over the age of 7 know right from wrong and have to be accountable to themselves and their parents.  No self-respecting person would do drugs whether legal or illegal.   You only have one life to live so treat it as such.


Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:42 pm

Michael Philbin was intoxicated, had marijuana

I would hope so too.  But I don't think it serves that purpose.  I think it just contributes to the cynicism of the media and those who consume its product.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:35 pm

Michael Philbin was intoxicated, had marijuana

If nothing else, it can serve as educational and an example to be cognizant of warning signs in troubled teens.  I think the consensus prior to the official statement was that he was intoxicated at the time.  The saddest line by his father is that he "died alone"...I hope it can serve as a reminder to kids in trouble to seek help before the worst can happen. 

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:30 pm

Michael Philbin was intoxicated, had marijuana

I don't understand why it needs to be released publicly that the kid was high and drunk when he died.  Wouldn't it suffice to say that the death was accidental?  All revealing the role of alcohol/drugs does is make a kid, who is now dead, look worse.

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