May 12, 2017
“Even though I’ve had open-heart surgery and a pacemaker put in, I’m still getting high,” says Bethany, who claims her heroin use is something she can’t control. “With my medical condition, it’s pretty insane because I’m risking my life at this point.”
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Several weeks after being released from the hospital following valve replacement surgery – and 10 days in a medically induced coma – Bethany allowed cameras to document what she says is her daily life. She says she’s not currently injecting the drug, but snorting it – up to five times a day.
Bethany says she has a “love-hate relationship” with heroin. “I love the way it makes me feel – but I hate what it does to me as a person and to the people that I love.”
“That’s tragic, that’s sad, to know that — I’ve known it all along – that she puts a drug ahead of her family and the love that we have for her,” says Bethany’s father, Clyde, after seeing the video.
Her mother, Charlotte, says “It breaks your heart because this is not the child that I raised.”