The positive and negative effects of sharing a viral drug overdose video

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Opioid addiction continues to be a problem in Northeast Ohio and videos of people overdosing continue to pop up on social media. The response is usually pretty polarizing -- is it helpful or harmful?

Alicia Monaco, counselor at chemical-dependent treatment center New Directions, Tugg Massa from Akron No to Dope and James Murphy, a recovery addict, share their thoughts about the viral videos sweeping social media. Watch the video above.

Get more information about the opioid addiction in Northeast Ohio on our "Spot the Signs" section of the website.

A Cleveland 19 News Special Presentation: Know The Risks is airing at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday. The special is an inside look at Northeast Ohio's growing opioid addiction epidemic; from how common medications found in any home can act as the gateway, examining the most common misconceptions of who is susceptible to fall into the trap of addiction, to the powerful stories of survivors who have come back from the brink.

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