Mom saves son from near fatal drug overdose
About 10 days after attending a Naloxone training session with the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition, Karen Johnson had to use the medicine on her son who almost died from a drug overdose.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A mother's quick action kept her son from dying of a drug overdose.
“It's a panic. It's a feeling. Just when they're high, it’s such a sick feeling, sick,” Karen Johnson told WDRB News.
Johnson still remembers that gut-wrenching feeling on the day she saved her 24-year-old son, Nathan, from a drug overdose. It was October 24th. A few days earlier he had been kicked out of rehab for breaking a rule and having an iPod.
“He had been clean for about four months,” Johnson said.
But the progress he made like so many other times quickly came crashing down.
“I saw his eyes get real big. I saw fear and just like his breath was leaving,” Johnson said.
Johnson luckily had a Naloxone kit she received from a training session with the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition. She gave Nathan a shot of the drug reversal medication and performed CPR.
“The last sign of life that I saw was there was a tear rolled down the right eye and I said he is gone, he is gone,” she said.
Nathan was the first person saved as a result of Naloxone training from the coalition.
“We're ecstatic. We're just grateful that this young man is given another chance at life,” Arlene Rice said, who is a co-founder of the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition.
Rice says it's a much bigger issue than people realize. In Jefferson County alone, Metro EMS says it’s performed 635 drug reversals since July.
Johnson says she is forever grateful to the people who trained her and helped her on that October day.
“It's like it's a miracle,” Johnson said.
She says she will always keep a Naloxone kit close by.
“It saved his life. It did,” she said.
Nathan is back in rehab in Columbus, Ohio. Before leaving he shared his testimony on Facebook of the low points in his life and thanked his family for being there for him. He also said this of his disease, “It almost took my beautiful life from me but by the grace and mercy of God, I am alive today.”
Future Naloxone training with the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition can be found on their website. In order to receive the medication, you must first go through the training session.
The coalition is also hold a training session this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Beacon House in Louisville for people interested in becoming future Naloxone trainers themselves.
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