Indiana mother photographed in overdose is now celebrating sobriety
November 13, 2017
Erika Hurt had become the face of drug addiction.
The young mother was captured in a photograph by police, passed out in the driver’s seat of her car outside a Dollar General store in Hope, Ind. — an empty syringe still resting between her fingers. The snapshot captured yet another horrifying moment in the worsening U.S. opioid epidemic.
What was not seen that Saturday afternoon last October was her 10-month-old son, buckled into his car seat in the back.
When Hurt first saw the photo, she was embarrassed.
“I was angry and I wanted to blame the police for putting my business out there and showing the world my private addiction and everything like that,” she told NBC News, a year after the image went viral.
But the photo, she said, eventually had a sobering effect.