Viral online video of heroin overdose car crash filmed in Detroit
DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) – Disturbing video of a drug overdose goes viral of two people in a car crash – one with a syringe still stuck in her leg.
It happened here in metro Detroit, where the heroin problem is an epidemic.
Evidence of the vehicle crash still remains at the corner of Chalmers and Seven Mile Road. A twisted street sign stopped a couple who crashed into it – then witnesses’0 cell phones came out.
Video shows witnesses slapping the face of the driver to revive him. Both he and the woman passenger unconscious as her face is turning blue with bystanders pouring water on her when she finally shows signs of life.
The camera then shows a needle still in the leg of the woman in the passenger seat.
The video has been viewed millions of times on Facebook and more than a thousand on YouTube. It was first uploaded on March 28, although it’s not clear when it was recorded.
What is clear to addiction specialist Tony Allen is the effects of this terrible drug.
« Addiction to heroin is horrible. You have to have it, in order to function, » Allen said.
Allen himself is a recovering heroin addict. Over 20 years sober.
« I don’t forget where I came from, » he said. « I don’t forget the last time that I used. »
He uses his expertise to help others at the Elmhurst Homes for Recovery. Here they treat more than 100 people a day, a majority of them he says on heroin.
Even though he wasn’t there at the time of this crash, it’s not hard for him imagine what happened.
« It appears as though they had just copped it, » he said. « They couldn’t wait to get where they were going. They needed to get it. »
The three minute video ends with a police car arriving at the scene. Detroit police say they have no record of any investigation like this, but without an exact date, we’re told narrowing it down is very difficult. Therefore the fate of the two in the video is unknown.
However Allen says if just one person is inspired to get help after seeing this graphic video, perhaps some good can come.
« Some people may need to see that and wake up and say it’s time to go Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, » Allen said. « And if they do need to get some help call 1-800-241-4949. »
If you need help, go to the website for the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority or call 1-800-241-4949.