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Mother shares her son's last moments in hopes of helping others battling addiction

A Zanesville mother shares the reality of what can happen after an overdose. (WSYX/WTTE)

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (WTTE) - It's a heartbreaking post on social media.

A Zanesville mother shares the reality of what can happen after an overdose.

"This is real stuff, this is what really happens," said Kelly Kocher.

Kocher recorded her son's battle with drugs. She recorded not only an overdose episode, but also her son's last moments in the hospital.

33-year-old Joel Liston got his first taste of opioids in high school. It was after a motorcycle accident. Since then, he had been in and out of rehab, trying to keep his addiction under control.

"I kept telling him, you're the only one who can do it, you're the only one who can make it good, " said Kocher.

In hopes of getting him to stop, Kocher recorded one of her son's hard fought battles with drugs.

"I said, I want you to see what you're doing to yourself, you need to see that, " she said.

Kocher hoped it would be a wake up call. What he needed to overcome his addiction.

Unfortunately, Liston never saw it. Just a week after she recorded that video, he overdosed again and, this time, he never recovered.

"I kept pleading for him to wake up, " she said.

Kocher recorded the last moments she had in the hospital with her son. She took pictures too and posted them on Facebook.

"I'm hoping it's going to put an image in someone's head and they say, 'I don't want to be there. I don't want that to happen to me,'" said Kocher.

It's a mother's plea - opening up and showing how drugs can tear a family apart.

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