Rod Bridge

  • Rod Bridge, Inspirational Speaker

    In February 2013 in a small suburb in Perth, Western Australia sixteen-year-old Preston Bridge suffered a drug-induced psychosis and jumped to to his death from a 2nd Storey hotel room balcony.

    After his Year 12 school ball Preston and his friends had consumed a research chemical drug, a synthetic LSD ordered online through the online drug website called Silk Road. After the event Preston was…

    Location: WA, Australia
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About Rod

In February 2013 in a small suburb in Perth, Western Australia sixteen-year-old Preston Bridge suffered a drug-induced psychosis and jumped to to his death from a 2nd Storey hotel room balcony.

After his Year 12 school ball Preston and his friends had consumed a research chemical drug, a synthetic LSD ordered online through the online drug website called Silk Road. After the event Preston was found laying in a driveway and taken to hospital where he was placed into an induced coma. He had a catastrophic head injury, he remained on life support for three days before his father Rod and Preston’s mother made that hard decision to turn off his life support system. On the final day the family donated Preston’s organs to very worthy recipients.

After an investigation into his death his parents were told that investigating the encrypted drug bazaar was futile, so Preston’s father Rod commenced his own undercover investigation into the offshore manufacture and distribution of synthetic designer drugs. Rod contacted several online distributors out of China that manufacture the same research chemical Preston and his friends had taken that early morning.

After setting up a sting operation, the following year he went to China assisted by a Chinese accomplice a beautiful woman that he had met on the internet.

Under the guise of a drug-dealer he filmed his meetings with two distributors and a manufacturing plant. On his second visit, Rod took a Sixty minutes crew from Australia with him and infiltrated more research chemical offices. In 2015, after the operation, 60 minutes released the account of events and hidden video via media to the world. The news articles and details of the operation went viral reaching over 1.2 billion people via news articles and television network. See the attached videos:

The documentary with Rod and Vanity Fair confidential in Los Angeles. In response to the global media hype the Chinese Government responded by shutting down the organisations that Rod visited and banning the 25iNBOME chemical previously sold legally for ‘medical research purposes’.

Two weeks after the 60 minutes Australian story went to air the Chinese media and the outraged public wanted more action and straight forward answers. Over the months of October to December 2015 the Chinese Government, (instigated by the Minister of Public Safety) acted and commenced an investigation into the trade.

The outcomes of this research chemical trade exposure are unimaginable, emotional and absolutely without any doubt inspirational.

To imagine that one person, a single father from a small suburb in Western Australia goes on a mission to expose the truth it’s like David verses Goliath. He achieved so much and exposed the underworld of hidden research chemical drug trade and all for the legacy and respect of his son.

To expose the world to the deceit and deception in such an educated and controlled manner is masterful. After continual rampant of media exposure, the Chinese Law Enforcement agencies stepped up their investigation into the Research Chemical trade.

Over the ensuring months the combined agencies placed 116 Research Chemicals onto the banned substance list. Over 5,000,000 (5 million) social media sites advertising the sale of research chemical drugs to the Global market were blocked. A further 1,500 offices and factories were shut down and over 21,000 people were arrested.

After the investigations were concluded the Chinese media nominated Rod in the top 30 most influential people on the globe.

The power of Rods presentation is the loss and grieving  father who explores the vulnerability of adolescents in a world with an increasingly accessible view to the dark side. He outlines the horrific and very specific agony of losing a child. The heart of this is about how someone navigates being ripped raw by an event like this. The story he tells is fuelled by the drastic actions a parent takes to reconcile a senseless death with personal justice.

Rod delivers a one man’s mission, a grieving Australian father poses as a dealer in China to expose the manufacturers of the synthetic chemical responsible for his son’s sudden death. Rod talks about his intentions to expose the trade and educate the world about the dangers of these chemicals. Rods powerful presentation is accompanied by a very powerful video the life of his son Preston and hidden camera footage of the dealings with drug dealers in China.

Over the last 12 months Rod has presented to 100,000 people including Parents, Students and Teachers with outstanding feedback. This is supported by thousands of testimonials and interviews.

Rod has also presented to Rio Tinto corporates, AFL football teams and other corporate organizations.

The most outstanding presentation was delivered to the American Consulate General, staff and the members of the Australian Government. The event was powerful and received amazing feedback. He has been invited to present to the Drug Enforcement Agency in New York later this year.

The world needs to be made a safer place, there is no room for research chemical drugs in our society.  Rods presentation is not only the story about the true love of a father and son, it is about the exposure of a drug trade that needs to be controlled or eliminated. What better way than to expose this but by way of a very powerful and inspirational true story, one that will not only have you in tears but educational at the same time.

The tragic death of a beautiful boy and the inspiring actions of a father wanting to expose the truth.

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