Corey Haughn has the unfortunate job of being the poster boy for everything that’s wrong with taking massive amounts of drugs and alcohol. He speaks (as well as he can) to kids, begging them not to follow in his footsteps (or wheel chair tracks).
Here’s what he took, according to the Tulsa World: more than 20 tablets of Xanax, countless bottles of liquor and several doses of methadone over a three-day period . Corey says he wasn’t trying to kill himself, rather:
“I was just working on a ‘really good’ high.”
Aaarrgggh! How come so many kids think it’s just fine to take such an insane amount of drugs?
Here’s what Corey’s life is like today:
“I wasn’t supposed to come out of that coma. I was supposed to be brain dead,” Haughn said. “Once I woke up, doctors said I would be lucky to have the brain capacity of a lizard.”
A drug-induced stroke had caused his coma, his family realized, and the journey to recovery was going to be a tough one.
Today, the now 20-year-old is partially paralyzed and lives in a Glenpool nursing home. He wheels himself around in his wheelchair.
He dresses like any other young man his age: Jeans, green-and-white striped golf shirt, sports shoes.
He looks people in the eye when he speaks to them, but he speaks softly. His handshake is confident but without force.
When he speaks, he struggles to breathe and sometimes wheezes. Verbalizing his thoughts takes longer than it used to.
If you doubt this description, watch the clip of Erin Rose at Voice of the Victims. And consider this — it was one “normal” dose of Ketamine that put Erin into her coma — not a three-day-long dope-and-booze-athon.
Please, please buy the two Voice of the Victims videos. It’s only $25 for the set, and it is the best tool you can find.