DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – A disturbing video showing the aftermath of an apparent drug overdose and crash in Detroit has gone viral.
Viewed more than 3 million times on Facebook and YouTube, the four-and-a-half minute cell phone clip shows a group of Good Samaritans trying to revive a young man and woman found passed out after their car struck a sign post at Chalmers and 7 Mile Road on the city’s east side.
The woman, who still has a needle stuck in her leg, stirs a bit and coughs as a man pours a bottle of water on her face. He male companion remains unconscious in the driver’s seat.
“What the **** are y’all doin’? Y’all need to stop coming down here!” one black man is heard shouting at the white couple — assumed to be suburbanites who drove into Detroit to buy drugs.
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Health officials say the heroin problem has risen to epidemic levels in metro Detroit in recent years, even in the most affluent of suburban communities. Oakland County residents report young people from wealthy families, with unlimited access to money from their parents, becoming addicts; and, in Monroe County, it’s been reported they’re losing people to the drug “at an alarming rate” after users start with prescription painkillers and then switch to heroin, which is cheaper.
It’s unknown what became of the couple in this case, who were slapped and jostled but did not wake up.
The Facebook video titled “White Couple OVERDOSED In The Hood!!” was posted Saturday, but it’s unclear when the accident happened. The video ends as sirens are heard and police arrive, but Detroit police told FOX 2 they have no record of such an investigation.