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Shocking Image: Mom Overdosed With Baby In The Backseat Of Her Car

mom overdosed carAnother devastating photo has been going viral showing a mother who overdosed on heroin while her baby was in the back seat of her car, reports Fox29.

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), opioid overdose deaths are the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States. This is more than just bad behavior, it’s a major health problem and it needs to be treated as such.

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Overdosed On Heroin

Police discovered 25-year-old Erika Hurt in a parking lot in Hope, Indiana clutching on to a syringe while appearing to have suffered from a heroin overdose. What makes this scene even more chilling was that her 10-month-old son was seen crying in the backseat.

Hope officers administered two doses of the opioid overdose drug known as narcan and then transported her to the emergency room. Once Erika was released, she was placed into custody and has been charged with a probation violation, possession of paraphernalia, and child neglect.

This Is Not The First Heroin Overdosed Image

Other images have surfaced on the internet bringing up the seriousness of getting addicts help. It is becoming more apparent that ignoring the problem and hoping it goes away or fixes itself is not working. Addiction treatment does work when the right program is implemented. A full continuum of care is needed in order for long-term recovery to take place. Just going to a detox center alone will not cure addiction and neither will the attendance of a sober living home or outpatient program that is not state licensed or accredited.  We can no longer lock addicts up and hope they stay sober after, there has to be a real plan of action if they are going to get and stay sober long term. There is a structure of recovery that works and we need to be talking about a solution more: Full Continuum Of Care For Drug Addiction.

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