A woman went viral back in 2016 after a picture showed her slumped over in her car, having overdosed, with her infant son in the back.

The horrifying picture showed the nature and true hideousness of opioid addiction, as a young mother was unconscious in the driver seat of her car.

Erika Hunt, who was 25 at the time, was found parked up outside the Dollar General store, passed out with a used syringe in her hand, meanwhile her son was in the car with her.


Passers-by alerted the authorities who found Erika with her 10-month-old son, Narcan, watching as she overdosed. a picture was taken and subsequently went viral.

woman overdoses in car with baby

The picture in question served as a wake up call for Erika though, who decided that she needed to make a change.

With that, she sought help and through thick and thin, she managed to go clean. Erika recently celebrated three years sober, sharing a photograph of her progress and the difference is stunning.


Millions saw me overdose after a photo taken of me by a police officer went viral. None of those people have seemed to…

Posted by The Addict's Diary on Saturday, 26 October 2019

This wasn’t Erika’s first time trying to go clean though, as she said:

I had been an addict since I was fifteen years old. It wasn’t until I was twenty-one that I began seeking help – and I was failing at it.


The original picture was taken two weeks after Hunt left rehab, with her son crying in the back. When she was found, Erika was immediately taken to hospital and revived, though as soon as she recovered, she was arrested.

Hunt was then charged with child neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia. She had also violated her probation from a previous charge in 2014, so was facing jail time.

You guysssss!! 😭😭😭Today marks THREE ENTIRE YEARS of sobriety for me! Y'all already know, but allow me to recap. 3…

Posted by Erika Hurt on Tuesday, 22 October 2019


Erika was then sent to an intense six-month rehab course in a lock-down facility, where she often referred back to the picture of her overdosed as motivation. Speaking of the picture that the police shares, she said:

I felt very humiliated, I felt very angry. You know, it was hard for me to truly believe that it was me.

This photo helped me look back. It’s a constant reminder that sobriety needs to be worked at.”


Celebrating her achievement, Hunt took to Facebook and wrote:

Millions saw me overdose after a photo taken of me by a police officer went viral. None of those people have seemed to have time to reach out and check on me, so here is an update: Today I celebrated three years clean and my son gets to have his mommy back. How about you make THAT go viral!

Great work!

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