GREENFIELD — It’s a typical teen’s room. Stereo in the corner. Stuffed animals on the futon. Decor on every wall.
Taylor Coffey’s basement bedroom could be any 16-year-old’s hangout, save for the chalkboard in one corner.
In cheerful colors, the message across it reads, “Days Clean: 136.”
For Taylor, those words are a sign of triumph. They mark each step forward from the April afternoon that sent Taylor and her family into a tailspin.
That week had started with a seemingly innocent offer. Taylor, 15 at the time, had confided in a friend she was feeling stressed. Her friend said she had something that could help.
Less than 48 hours later, Taylor was in the hospital, suffering from an overdose of prescription drugs.
Sitting in her parents’ living room on a recent afternoon, Taylor recalled those moments in vivid detail. That day changed everything. She was expelled from Greenfield-Central High School, lost many of the people she considered dear friends and found herself having to start over.
But today, she says she’s better for all of it.
Because that April day could have turned out differently.
She could have died.