A Year After Her Overdose Photo Went Viral, Mother Now Says It Helped

Hurt and her son play ball outside their home. Ty Wright / for NBC News

She still attends court-mandated rehab and self-help meetings, and plans to petition for custody of her son when she feels stable enough.

She holds no grudge against the police. Over the summer, a Hope officer pulled her over for speeding, looked at her license and told her he was proud of her. He let her go without a ticket, she said.

Hurt wrote a note to the police department, thanking them.

Tallent says Hurt’s story is an inspiration.

“Young people make mistakes,” he said. “People are allowed to make mistakes as long as they recognize it and come back stronger. That’s what this is about.”

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