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Huntington featured on ‘Vice’ heroin segment

Herald-Dispatch photo courtesy of HBO Vice correspondent Thomas Morton, left, interviews Mickey Watson, a recovering addict at Recovery Point in Huntington, in Friday's episode on "Vice," which airs on HBO. The episode showed first responders helping Watson after an overdose, giving him Narcan and taking him to the hospital. Watson was then interviewed at Recovery Point about his addiction. He remains in the recovery program today.
Herald-Dispatch photo courtesy of HBO
Vice correspondent Thomas Morton, left, interviews Mickey Watson, a recovering addict at Recovery Point in Huntington, in Friday’s episode on “Vice,” which airs on HBO. The episode showed first responders helping Watson after an overdose, giving him Narcan and taking him to the hospital. Watson was then interviewed at Recovery Point about his addiction. He remains in the recovery program today.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Overdoses in Huntington are unfortunately not rare, but when Mickey Watson overdosed for the last time in November, what was rare was the cameras that were rolling.

Friday that footage aired on HBO’s Emmy-winning show “Vice,” with Watson, whose life was saved thanks to the work of the Huntington Emergency Medical Service and fire department, shared his story of recovery with the nation from his bed at Recovery Point of Huntington.

“I’ve lived on streets, riverbanks in tents, spent winters out there – you’d think that would be enough to make a person stop and change,” Watson tells Vice correspondent Thomas Morton. “It didn’t stop me. Most people come in here to get the life they had prior – I never had one. It’s like learning to walk again. If it was easy, everybody would do it.”

Matt Boggs, executive director at Recovery Point, said he is proud of Watson for having the courage to share his story.

“For the whole nation to see what happened after the overdose and him ultimately finding recovery is the strongest message that can be taken from that episode…

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