This Facebook live video is spreading through the internet like wildfire. However, it’s all at the request of the heroin addict’s family.
Facebook live has become a useful tool for capturing emergency situations. Generally, each video will have at least one witness. Plus — if Facebook doesn’t disrupt the live video or “mistakenly delete” it — the footage is great evidence which can be used later.
Facebook Live Video Awakens Heroin Addict To Harsh Reality
In this particular instance, live video footage captured a man in distress, in a Sandusky, Ohio, McDonald’s parking lot. While streaming in real-time, Facebook users were able to bear witness to the heroin epidemic which is plaguing the city.
The man in the Facebook video is named Michael Williams. He said the experience captured live was one that shook him.
According to a video interview with WKYC-3 News, Williams explained that he never thought such a thing could happen to him.
Isn’t that how it usually happens? Warnings and cautions — no matter how dangerous — rarely ever stick until it hits home.
A man driving by a McDonald's Thursday afternoon used Facebook Live to stream two victims overdosing on heroin.https://t.co/rRQLfNb0oc— ABC13News (@ABC13News) November 18, 2016
KHOU-11 News notes that the overdosing man in the Facebook live video is actually new to heroin. The source says he only started using it four months ago.
Prior to his heroin usage, he drank a lot and took pain pills. As he mentioned, those particular substances didn’t take him to the breaking point.
Sadly, it’s the near-death experience (NDE) which really locks it into understanding and regret.
If you’re interested in the full Facebook live video, it’s located below.
Warning: The following video contains graphic footage. Viewer discretion is advised.
At the time of this Facebook video, it was a live representation of Northeast Ohio’s issue with heroin and opium. According to WKYC, within the last 30 days, there have been 30 similar overdose cases like Michael Williams.
During the video interview with the news station, Williams honestly admitted he needs help with this substance abuse situation.
When Michael got a chance to watch himself in the live video, he fought back tears as the Facebook playback rolled.
Surely, it had to be a different feeling watching himself, “live,” gasping for air and barely clinging to life.
Facebook Live: Family Wants Everyone To Spread This Video
During the live interview with WKYC, Williams’ sister, Amber, advocated for her brother’s help. One method of help was the collective spread of the Facebook live video across the internet.
According to Amber, she not only wants her brother to get help, but also everyone suffering from this epidemic.
The source notes that this heroin addict needs a particular type of help. However, he doesn’t have insurance and is currently unemployed.
WKYC mentions the addict’s need to be admitted into a specific program. Yet, unfortunately, this rehabilitation treatment comes with an out-of-pocket cost exceeding $800 per day, without insurance. According to the source, Medicaid doesn’t cover it either.
Nevertheless, Michael Williams says he’s grateful that his overdose was recorded on Facebook live. The video serves as an eye-opener, as well as a reminder.
Although Facebook has a policy against graphic material on its website, sometimes live video such as Williams’ skates by undetected.
Speaking of the footage, the Facebook live video was recorded by Eddie Wimbley.
Facebook live video shows heroin overdose https://t.co/NxvydsPsjw— WWLP-22News (@WWLP22News) November 19, 2016
In a post-interview with Alyssa Raymond of WKYC, Facebook user Wimbley noted that he doesn’t understand how people can abuse themselves in such a way — putting something possibly lethal into their bodies.
Like Williams’ sister, Facebook live video cameraman Wimbley hopes the footage will spread to all of those who need this wake up call-to-action.
If you’re interested in Wimbley’s entire interview, you can watch the Facebook video located below.
All in all, what are your thoughts about this Facebook live video? Do you know of anyone dealing with something similar? Feel free to share your comments in the section below.
[Feature Image by Facebook Live Video]