It was an ugly scene: Ronald and Carla Hiers had been together for 20 years before they became the face of America's awful drug epidemic last year. They were videotaped overdosing in public after having taken heroin.

They were sprawled out unconscious on the sidewalk, trying to crawl around before passing out next to the gutter in broad daylight. The two of them had just injected and snorted heroin at a nearby bus stop in Memphis, Tennessee.

When paramedics arrived on the scene, they gave them a dose of naloxone, which is used to resuscitate those who have taken lethal amounts of narcotics. They were taken to the hospital and revived.

However, that wasn't the end of their troubles.

Ronald was free to go, but Carla was arrested for outstanding charges of petty theft. After his traumatic day, Ronald went home and attempted suicide by injecting the rest of their heroin stash and taking 48 Xanax pills at once.

Luckily, there was someone in his life that wouldn't give up on him just yet.

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