Illinois dad defends sending son to Florida addiction program despite Illinois parole violation

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TROY, Ill. -- An Illinois father, whose son is a heroin addict, sent him to Florida to a reputable addition-recovery program, but in doing so, helped his son run from the law.

Dave Admire feared his son Brad would die if he didn't get more intense rehab in another state.  His son had been to rehab five to times in Illinois. In Florida, they offer longer and more intense treatment.

"In Florida you can get at least 56 days treatment.  Generally in Illinois it's 14-28 days depending on what the insurance company allows," Admire said.

The problem was that his son was about to get an ankle monitor after a third felony theft conviction.  Before authorities showed up, Admire put his son on an airplane to Florida.

Dave and Brad Admire. Courtesy: FOX 2 in St. Louis

Dave and Brad Admire. Courtesy: FOX 2 in St. Louis

"The parole agent got to my house to put the ankle bracelet on and I explained he's not here.  She said 'Is he gone?  Missing?'  I said no he's not missing. He's in a safe place and he'll be back in maybe six months," Admire said. "They essentially told me I could be arrested for aiding and abetting a felon.  As a father, I did what was right and sent him anyway."

Admire says his son Brad is doing so well in treatment, he's now helping other addicts.

"This weekend I was taking a young man to the airport to send him to Florida for treatment and got to his residence to pick him up and nobody answered the door and found him overdosed in his bedroom," said Admire.

Dave revived him with a shot of Narcan, a medicine that knocks opiates out of the receptors in a user's brain.  Dave later walked the addict through Lambert International Airport to put him on a plane.

"'He was very thankful to be alive, realized he had a second chance at life and maybe it may help him with his recovery because he may think about the day before he went," said Admire.

Troy Police Detective Chris Coyne

Troy Police Detective Chris Coyne

Chris Coyne, a police detective, is looking for new ways to combat heroin.

"We'll never arrest our way out of this problem," said Coyne.

"I'm tired of going to death scenes.  I'm tired of talking to parents who have lost their children. It's not how it's supposed to be,' said Coyne. "As a police officer, obviously I can't condone breaking the law.  As a parent, when you have something that's turned into an epidemic, maybe even a pandemic like this has, at least I understand the drastic measures that parents are going through to save their kids."

In the end, Dave Admire was not arrested for aiding a felon. Authorities say the main reason for that was because they communicated and didn't hide anything. Admire and Chad Sabora, who helped Brad Admire get into the recovery program, are now working on a program that would allow addicts with convictions so leave the state for the best help.

"I've had other family members come to me that's actually lost a child because they couldn't leave the state because of the parole board.  They overdosed and died," said Dave Admire.

Admire and Sabora's  program is called the 'Missouri Network Angel Initiative.' You can find out more about the initiative though the Missouri Network For Opiate Reform & Recovery.

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