A gut-wrenching video has emerged showing a woman seemingly high on opioids slurring her words as she attempts to drive her hungry daughter for food.
The disturbing footage, which surfaced Wednesday on LiveLeak, appears be filmed by one of the unidentified woman’s daughters who is sitting in the passenger’s seat. The young girl can be heard telling her mom, “I’m ready,” before handing her the car keys. The woman looks to be barely conscious, responding in mumbling sentences that are difficult to decipher.
The young girl later tells her mother that “my belly’s groaning at me,” before handing her what appears to be a $20 bill. The mother slurs her words again before passing out mid-sentence in the driver’s seat.
After temporarily passing out, the woman wakes back up and says, “Look I’m tired, alright, I’m trying Destiny.” She then rants that she’s “a fucking single mom,” with “a boyfriend who’s fucking breaking up with me.”
Children are increasingly suffering the results of rampant drug abuse throughout the country as the opioid crisis continues to deteriorate.
Police arrested a mother and father in Indiana March 9 after the parents suffered heroin overdoses in their SUV with their three children inside. The parents, 31-year-old Adam Smith and 29-year-old Donnis Smith, were found unresponsive in their car.
The couple’s three young children were taken into the custody of the Indiana Department of Child Services.
Drug overdoses, fueled by opioids, are now the leading cause of accidental death for Americans under age 50, killing more than 64,000 people in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse released on Sept. 7 paints a grim outlook for the future of the drug crisis ravaging American communities.
The study predicts America’s addiction epidemic will continue to deteriorate, pushing drug deaths to an estimated 71,600 in 2017. If the estimates prove accurate, 2017 will be the second year in a row drug deaths surpass U.S. casualties in the Vietnam War.
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