Our expert says:
The headache excuse doesn't sound at all convincing. This could well have been a suicide attempt, and should be taken seriously. Were the pills he took only simply headache pills ? The doctor should have taken a blood and urine sample for testing, to check what drugs he had actually taken - as you describe him, this sounds like a response to some very different drugs, and hardly to 5 of any headache pills I know of.
Dissolving multiple tablets in a jar of water is odd for someone with a headache, and if someone has read up about overdosing, they might choose to do this to make it much easier for whatever drugs they took to be absorbed thoroughly and quickly, and that is more sinister.
He should be seen and properly assessed by a psychiatrist, either privately, or through a state hospital, or maybe on campus there's a good student health facility - but the family should arrange this with him, and accompany him, to make sure it happens.
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