A dad in New York City almost died from a heroin overdose on May 31 after he shot up in response to his grown son's addiction.
"I told him if you’re not going to stop, I will do the same as you do," Sergey Gnatovskiy told the New York Post. "I [tried] to send him to rehab. He promised me he was going to go, and I found it again."
"It" was a stash of drugs, which angered Sergey so much that he mainlined himself.
Fortunately, Sergey's son, Maykl, knew what to do when he found his dad passed out on the living room floor. Maykl administered Narcan nasal spray and CPR, which Sergey had previously done for Maykl four times.
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"After seeing this I definitely want to go [back to rehab]," Maykl said. "I’ve been doing this since I was 15. I’m 23 now, I can’t keep doing this."
Sergey didn't recall much about his overdose except turning off his television, and waking up with "medical people" near him.
"My son was screaming at me, 'Pop, pop, are you crazy, you almost died,'" Sergey stated.
Sergey, who was born in the Ukraine, said that he is at risk of eviction.
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"I’m trying to kick him out of my apartment and into rehab," he explained. "We’ve been notified of eviction and I need to prove he’s gone by May 31, which was yesterday, or I’m out as well."
Sergey yelled at his son: "If I lose you -- I don’t know. Look what you made me do yesterday! I’ll give you my home, my car, my heart. I don’t want to lose you."
In more health news, a single-payer health plan bill made it through the California state Senate on June 1, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Democratic State Sen. Ricardo Lara is leading the charge for the $400-billion plan, which would cover all residents without any out-of-pocket costs.
Lara pushed the bill, SB 562, on the state Senate floor before the vote:
"Despite the incredible progress California has made, millions still do not have access to health insurance and millions more cannot afford the high deductibles and co-pays, and they often forgo care. ... With President Trump’s promise to abandon the Affordable Care Act as we know it -- for one that leaves millions without access to care -- California is once again tasked to lead."
The bill now goes to the state Assembly, which could be a tough vote as two-thirds are needed to get it through.
The California Nurses Association has proposed raising $106 billion for the plan by increasing state sales and business receipts taxes by 2.3 percent; the present state sales tax is 7.25 percent. The rest of the funding would come state and federal money that pays into Medicare and Medicaid in California.