A woman whose overdose went viral last month said the negative publicity she received from it has actually given her a second chance at life. Katrina Henry, who described herself as a “good kid” before getting hooked on Percocet and other drugs, said without the video, she probably wouldn’t have taken the incident seriously.
“I don’t drink,” Henry, of Wisconsin, told WITI. “I like to paint. I like to draw. I work out. I was a cheerleader throughout high school. I had an internship. I did research with my professor, and always had at least two jobs. I have considered myself a very successful person.”
But on March 21, Henry was in the depths of addiction and crashed her vehicle into a parked car. She told WITI that she had snorted what she believed to be cocaine but was laced with fentanyl. Video of the crash’s aftermath which quickly went viral shows her with her head bent back and mouth agape before she was brought back to life with a dose of Narcan.
Henry told the news outlet that she doesn’t remember much from the day, but that she was taken to the hospital and handcuffed to the bed.
“They took me to the hospital, handcuffed me to the bed,” Henry told WITI. “I died. I overdosed and died.”
While the video provoked harsh reactions from social media users, Henry said without she likely wouldn’t have realized that she needed treatment. She told WITI she is also thankful to have hit a car, otherwise she likely would have died from the overdose.
“As ashamed that I am that I hit that woman’s car, I’m also glad. No one would have found me. I would have died there,” she told WITI.
Since the incident Henry has entered treatment and has been clean for three weeks, WITI reported.
“I was so embarrassed,” she told the news outlet. “I always told myself that i would never end up like that. Talking makes you feel so much better. It makes you feel like you’re not alone. I felt so alone, that I was the only one dealing with this problem, and that no one would understand. I don’t feel hopeless and worthless anymore, and I know I was brought back for a reason, and I’m going to live up to my full potential.”