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Teen Shares Picture To Warn Others About 'Devastating Impact' Of Drugs (Photo)

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A teenager who had to be put into an induced coma following drug use at the Kendal Calling music festival in the UK on July 31 has shared a picture of himself as a warning to others.

Jordan Blackburn, 19, attended the festival with a group of friends and took a number of different tablets, reports Metro.

Blackburn had to be placed in a coma to recover from the effects of the unknown drugs.

His friend, Christian Pay, 18, died at the hospital.

In an attempt to warn people of the “devastating impact” of drugs, Blackburn shared the following photo of himself in the hospital.

"I don't have much recollection, I think because it was such a traumatic event,” Blackburn told BBC News. "It was really awful. I think at festivals especially, teenagers just want to have a good time with all their friends and they initially forget the dangers they can put themselves in by doing something stupid like we did."

"You never [realize] until it's too late,” Blackburn added. "You never think at that moment it is ever going to happen to you, but unfortunately you learn the hard way. You can never change the past, but you can always change the future. It's just trying to make a positive thing out of something really[,] really negative.”

Blackburn’s mother, Alison Turnball, says he is recovering but that he is experiencing “survivor’s guilt.”

“Physically he’s fine,” Turnball said. "He’s still really tired; his body has been through quite a trauma. Mentally he’s coping OK, but I think he’s got what I would term as survivor’s guilt.”

A total of 14 people were treated at the hospital after falling ill at the festival. Four people were arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply. They are all currently out on bail.

Sources: BBC News, Metro / Photo credit: Jason Blackburn/Metro