A video of an elderly couple overdosing on heroin was uploaded on Facebook Live, where it has gone viral. Various passersby can also be seen recording the incident. Nonetheless, nobody helped or called 911.
One of the people who recorded the video uploaded it to Facebook Live. The man was identified as Courtland Garner. In the images that appear on Facebook and Youtube, a senior man can be seen laying backward over a metal bench, while his wife is seen laying down, hugging herself.
Both were soon surrounded by onlookers who did not move to help them but instead recorded the spectacle. According to the police, the couple overdose after snorting heroin at a Walgreens near the place husband and wife collapsed, in Memphis. Eventually, the couple was taken to a nearby hospital after a biker called 911. The woman, identified as Carla Hiers was arrested.
The video soon went viral, and of Thursday morning it had been seen more than million times since it was originally posted on Monday. Garner defended his actions once he found himself in the midst of the controversy.
“What they were doing was children things. It was a spectacle. It made me laugh. They can help themselves. I know for a fact all the kids are on social media, and when kids see that video, you know what they are going to say? ‘I don’t want to look stupid like that — I don’t want to do those drugs,” stated Garner.
Many have stated that filming the couple instead of help was “disgusting,”
Another case of the consequences of heroin use
On Monday, another couple was found overdosed in their home, after their seven-year-old son said to his teachers that he could not “wake them up.” The pair has been identified as Christopher Dilly, aged 26, and Jessica Lally, aged 25 and is believed they were dead for days before being found.
Lally’s sister, Courtney Lally, took pictures of the state the house was in and also uploaded it to social media. The pictures show the house in a deployed state, with trash cluttering the floors, and the doors hanging off their hinges.
The only bathroom in the house has its floor covered with dirty plates and more rubbish. Mold go up the walls. Apart from the seven-year-old boy, another five-year-old boy, a three-year-old boy and a nine-month-old girl were retrieved from the house and taken to a nearby hospital for medical examinations.
Police officers found evidence of drug abuse, especially heroin inside the house. Nonetheless, autopsies will be conducted to confirm the exact cause of death. Detectives have stated that they do not believe that “suspicious circumstances” have something to do with the deaths.