EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSOverdose Survivor Speaks Out
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Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Kenney Barnette
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Reported: Oct. 8, 2013 6:19 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 9, 2013 10:13 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
While many people die from overdoses, addiction counselors say luckily, more people survive an overdose.
Valerie Massey is in month 4 of her recovery at Prestera Mental Health Services. Massey recently overdosed on the pain killer Fentinol, a high powered opiate used in the hospital. "I never thought that I'd be in the hospital or not even make it out of it. Never pictured myself being there."
Massey says there are signs to look for before overdosing. "You pass out a lot. You're just sitting around and nodding out, not coherent, not understanding what's going on."
Valerie's life is changing thanks to Prestera. Massey said, "You learn how to cope with life without being on drugs. they help you with jobs, financially and help you get out into the real world."
Anyone who might need help with addiction or know someone who needs help, can check out Prestera services at www.prestera.org
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