It was a Facebook live video that went viral in October.
Courtland Garner captured footage of a Tennessee couple who were found unconscious and passed out on a sidewalk in broad daylight after overdosing on heroin in Memphis, Tenn.
The couple had told authorities that they had snorted heroin in a bathroom at a Walgreens nearby, according to WGN.
CNN recently sat down with Ronald Hiers, the man seen in the video. Hiers watched the video of himself and his wife Carla and spoke out about the incident and how he’s currently in rehab at Turning Point.
“I’m 61 years old. I’ve been addicted to heroin for 24 years,” he told CNN.
“That is my wife of 24 years. She’s a beautiful person, if you only knew her. That is me. That is me as far down as one can possibly sink.”
“It feels like I’m watching the most powerful thing I’ve ever seen.”
“You have to hit your rock bottom, and for me, that was mine,” Hiers said after saying he knew that it was him on TV.
Next, Garner, who captured the video, discussed why he didn’t help the couple.
“There is no animosity in my heart for that man,” Hiers said of Garner. “He did not put myself nor my wife in that position. We put ourselves there.”
“The humiliation and embarrassment that we received didn’t matter. […] I can’t say enough how sorry I am,” Hiers said as he broke down.
He went on to discuss how his day-to-day is at Turning Point and how he advises young adults, so they don’t follow the same path he did.
“The video was the best thing that happened to me,” Hiers told CNN.
Heroin use is a growing epidemic in America. Earlier this year, Rare traveled to New Hampshire, Baltimore and other inner cities and suburbs, talking to families and public figures negatively impacted by the growing crisis.
The epidemic has touched the lives of student athletes, mothers, fathers and beloved celebrities, with more than 28,000 opioid- and heroin-related overdose deaths reported in 2014, according to the CDC. In response, the Obama administration is treating it as a public health crisis, calling for an allocation of $1.1 billion in new funding to help those seeking treatment.