Most of us don’t even know it, but America is facing a serious Opioid epidemic. It is claiming the lives of thousands every year. It is so bad that President Trump has declared it a “public health emergency”.
But there are some good inspiring stories among the bad. About a year ago, a picture was posted on the internet. In the picture, a young mother, Erika Hurt was found passed out in her car. She had overdosed on heroin, and her 10-month old son who is not shown in the picture was in the backseat of the car.
Erika Hurt, 25, overdosed on heroin w/her 10 month-old in the back seat. She survived. Baby is fine. She faces neglect/drug charges. pic.twitter.com/WUSTXU3oUy
— Jeremy Brilliant (@JeremyIndy1) October 25, 2016
Her photo was released by the police, and quickly gained the media’s attention. She was jailed for neglect & drug abuse. Her son was taken away by Child Protective Services, was sent to live with his grandmother.
The truth is that the opioid epidemic is deadly and it is spreading at a rate that makes it nearly impossible to stop. The police are trying to make the public aware of the problem.
Thankfully though, her story does not end badly.
A year after the picture was released, Erika released a follow-up picture. And guess what?
She is doing well.
ONE YEAR SOBER!!!I've seriously debated for the past month, on whether I should repost such a painful picture…
Not only is she doing well, but she has completely turned her life around. She has been reunited with his son. And we could not be happier for her.
She says that her life changed that day. She could have died or lost her son. Now, she speaks out about what happened to her. She is showing the world that she conquered her addiction. And if she can do it, then anyone can do it. The truth is that addiction is a terrible thing. the opioid epidemic is as deadly as any other fatal disease out there. And we need to be made aware of the problem. But Erika’s story gives us something that we desperately need. It gives us hope. We know that among the thousands of people who lose their lives, there are those who can conquer it and that raising awareness does help.