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Laughing crowd records Memphis couple’s heroin overdose

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Updated: Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 5:20 PM

A crowd gathered around an overdosing Memphis couple and began taking pictures, laughing as the pair was passed out on the sidewalk.

Video posted by Courtland Garner on Facebook has been viewed more than 1 million times and shows one woman hunched over with her head to the ground and a man sprawled backwards towards the grass.

Memphis police say the couple had snorted heroin in a nearby Walgreens before being seen by a driver around 3:30 p.m. Monday. They were revived by emergency workers.

A crowd gathered as an overdosing Memphis couple were sprawled out on the sidewalk.

A crowd gathered as an overdosing Memphis couple were sprawled out on the sidewalk.

(via Facebook)

The woman, 59-year-old Carla Hiers, was arrested on outstanding warrants, and jail records show she is currently being held on $ 200 bond for offenses including leaving the scene of an accident and theft.

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There have been a rash of headlines about overdosing heroin users in recent weeks, as some parts of the country such as Memphis continue struggles against upticks in addiction.

Authorities in East Liverpool, Ohio, released a graphic image of two adults passed out in the car with a 4-year-old child in the back, and the city’s post has been shared more than 28,000 times.

Memphis’s Monday overdose also became a spectacle, with those gathered around recording the incident and Garner joking as the couple struggle on the ground.

One man recorded the incident on Facebook Live.

One man recorded the incident on Facebook Live.

(via Facebook)

“Man they found some good dope,” before saying of the man “that fella might be dead there.”

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He told WREGhe did not call 911 because someone else already had, and said he thought about helping “but it wasn’t any of my business to help.”

Garner also defended putting the video on Facebook Live, telling the station ”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.”

He said in another Facebook Live video Tuesday night he was thankful the couple is all right.

Courtland Garner posted a Facebook Live video of two people unconscious on the sidewalk, which later went viral.

Courtland Garner posted a Facebook Live video of two people unconscious on the sidewalk, which later went viral.

(via Facebook)

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