Sergey Gnatovskiy, aged 45, tried to teach his son a lesson and almost ended his own life in the process.
This New York father came upon his son’s stash of heroin and got so angry that he overdosed on the heroin himself, almost costing him his own life in the process, which was his attempt at teaching his son a lesson.
Gnatovskiy tried to send his son to rehab, but upon his return, he found the drugs again. He became enraged upon seeing the drugs and said, “if you’re not going to stop, I will do the same as you do.”
His son, Maykl, aged 23, said that what his father did scared him to the point of him wanting 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.”
Maykal saw his father overdosing and gave him CPR as well as the Narcan nasal spray, which revived him. Sergey had to do this same procedure in order to save his son from an overdose four times.
Sergey said that he is definitely willing to lose everything to keep his son alive.
Sergey says he does not remember much of the incident — the last thing he remembered was that he was about to turn off the TV before he woke up surrounded by “medical people” — but says he felt fine the next day.
“My son was screaming at me, ‘Pop, pop, are you crazy, you almost died,’” he said. Maykl’s mother kicked him out of the house as a teenager over his addiction, so Sergey took him in. But Sergey and Maykl are both facing eviction from their apartment complex after Maykl got into a fight with an ex that put him in trouble with the landlord. “I’m trying to kick him out of my apartment and into rehab. 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 said. He added, however, that he is willing to lose everything he has to keep his son alive. The Centers for Disease Control released a report in January that said deaths from heroin overdoses in the U.S. have tripled over 15 years from 2000-2015. In 2014 alone, over 47,000 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses, with 28,647 resulting from opioids or heroin.