A woman credits a viral photo of her passed out in a car high on heroin as one of the reasons she turned her life completely around.
Not many people would be thanking their lucky stars for having a picture of them passed out in a car high on heroin go viral, but that’s exactly what one Indiana woman is doing this week. Erika Hurt was photographed completely unconscious in her car due to a heroin overdose back on Oct. 22, 2016, after cops found her in the parking lot of a Dollar General with her 10-month-old son Parker crying in the back seat.
The opioid antidote naloxone was used to revive her, and she was taken to the hospital and then arrested for child neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police released the photo saying they wanted to draw attention to the heroin epidemic.
Now, Hurt is proudly sharing that photo along with one of her today, declaring herself one year sober on Facebook with a smiling selfie. She said the photo showed her at her worst, but it helped her turn her life around. She also said she wants to show other people just what heroin addiction as, and she doesn’t ever want to forget the road she’s traveled.
At first she was humiliated when the picture emerged, she said, but her perspective changed, and now that she looks back it turned out to be a good thing for her. She’s still attending court-mandated rehab and meetings, and will seek custody of Parker when she feels she is ready.