A SHATTERED Kirkcaldy family is struggling to come to terms with the shock death of their gifted son.
Lewis Greig (21), suffered a fatal reaction to the rare drug DOC at a party to celebrate finishing his fourth year dissertation on a psychology course at St Andrews University.
His mum, Jackie, described it as a ‘‘moment of madness’’ - and drug agencies in Fife said they had no experience of the hallucinogenic.
She said Lewis, a former pupil at Balwearie High School, felt unwell and suffered a seizure.
He was revived by paramedics taking him to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee where Jackie, dad Alan and sister Hollie (18), had to make the nightmare decision to turn off his life support machine after three days.
Another student who reportedly took the same drug suffered no adverse side effects.
Jackie said: “We saw Lewis last Sunday and spent a lovely day together.
Upbeat & excited
‘‘He was really upbeat and excited at finishing his dissertation and was looking forward to taking some time out to travel before returning to do a Masters in positive psychology.”
And she is taking some comfort from the fact that fitness fan Lewis’ organs been used to help save other people’s lives.
“He was a really caring person who wanted to help others and that’s why he went into psychology.
‘‘He wanted to do positive psychology because it didn’t involve the use of drugs, and that’s why this was a moment of madness.
“He had everything to live for, his whole future was in front of him, and at we are all going to miss him so much.
‘‘We spent lots of time together as a family and spent many happy family holidays. Lewis loved to travel and for his 21st birthday we gave him a holiday spent travelling around Europe. He was going to do more this year before his Masters.
“I know he knew how much we loved him and we knew he loved us too. I take great comfort from that.”
Paying tribute to Lewis as a “bright student”, the principle of St Andrews University, Louise Richardson said: “I know that news of Lewis’ tragic death has come as a great shock to our community, to all who knew him and to residents of Agnes Blackadder Hall, where he lived.
“His family and friends have lost a gregarious, compassionate, tolerant, open-minded and affectionate young man.
‘‘Lewis held strong views but was also forgiving of others.”
Away from his studies, Lewis enjoyed weight training and running and had been a regular user of the university’s sports centre.
Ms Richardson added: “It is hard to imagine how distressing the past week must have been for [Lewis’ family].
‘‘I hope they can take some small comfort from knowing that Lewis has selflessly helped others to live by donating his organs for transplant.”
Rector James More said Lewis was fondly remembered by staff at Balwearie High School.
“He was a very nice, laid back and talented lad who was a very valued friend to many of our former pupils, and they will all be very upset by the tragic news of his death, “ he said.
“Lewis’ parents and his younger sister Hollie are very much in our thoughts at this time and with their support we would like to consider a special school award in his memory.”
The press understands that the drug DOC - a hallucinogenic compound which contains amphetamine - can cause respiratory failure but, to date, there have been no deaths attributed to DOC alone.
A toxicology report is still awaited.
Local drug agencies Clued-up and DAPL confirmed the drug was incredibly rare in Fife and neither had been aware of clients who had been offered it or taken it.
Martin Denholm, head of DAPL (Drugs Alcohol Project Ltd) said: “We’ve never had any dealings with it at all.
“We are dealing with any number of substances on the market and we try to support people to make informed choices. This is a great concern.”
Two people have been arrested on charges of supplying drugs.
Last Friday, Stewart Wright (22) and Nicholas Friend (19) appeared on petition at Cupar Sheriff Court charged with being concerned in the supply of drugs.
The pair, both of St Andrews, made no plea and were released on bail.
Lewis Greig’s funeral takes place at Kirkcaldy Crematorium on Tuesday, April 23 at 3.00 p.m.