Jordan is a 22-year-old asthmatic who is addicted to smoking heroin. His addiction has landed him in the hospital several times, and doctors fear for his life.
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Battling with a Heroin Addiction - Jordan's Journey Dr. Travis Stork: There was a boy next door quite possibly he could be your own son. By his teenage year, he was already abusing drugs, and on top of that, he suffered from asthma. Take a look at Jordan’s story. Jordan: I've lost everything. My family, my good friends, I've lost myself, everything. Male1: I found out a couple of weeks ago that he has been using it for about three years. I just started crying. Jordan: I've been using everyday as much as I can get. Male1: It’s pretty hard to see your son going down the tube. Jordan: I've got kicked out of my house, and I was pretty much found in the park gasping for air. I've got a phone real fast and called 911. That was just like, “I can’t breathe right now. I can’t breathe. Please come to the park.” Male1: I'm getting to a plan where I'm going to have to let him fail until he really gets it, and I’m just worried that he might not get help, and it might be too late. Jordan: My Dad means like the world to me. I want to restore my relationship with my family. Cary Quashen: Good to see you. How’s your son? Male1: He is in bad shape. He is not working, he is bumming around with his friends and they’re smoking heroine. I keep thinking that I'm going to get a call that he’s dead. Cary Quashen: We got to stop it somewhere--somewhere it’s got to stop. Male1: Jordan, this is Cary. He’s a friend from the little rehab. Cary Quashen: What’s up dude? Are you tired with this? Jordan: Yeah. Cary Quashen: If you really want to get clean, I’ll help you and never have to do this thing again. Jordan: I just want to feel better. I don’t want to hurt like this anymore. Cary Quashen: I just spoke to the nurses, and I spoke to your doctor and I can’t even put you in any rehab until they get you medically better. If you walk out, you know what will happen, right. Jordan: Yeah. Cary Quashen: Tell me. Jordan: I'm dying. Cary Quashen: You love your kid, don’t you? Male: Yeah. Cary Quashen: Can you do me a favor? Can you give him a hug? This is it. This is it. That’s life and death. You're in the medical hands right now. There’s not much we can do. We’re just going to have to let them help you get better. Your head is going to tell you, “You leave, leave, leave. Go get loaded.” For how long will take you to use dope if you walk out. Jordan: Like five minutes? Cary Quashen: Exactly, you can’t listen to your brain anymore. I've got your word? Jordan: Yeah. Cary Quashen: My fear is, of course, his head now. He’s in the midst of his detox. His legs are on fire and he’s feeling like he wants to jump out of his skin, and you can’t sleep. All he can do is wait. Dr. Travis Stork: It turns out Cary’s fears were right. Later that night, Jordan ripped out his IV. He left the hospital to get high on black tar heroine. Cary Quashen made contact with Jordan shortly thereafter.
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