Father who posted viral overdose reaction video appears on ‘The Doctors’

Brenden Clark made national news when he posted a video online showing his son's reaction to his mother's heroin overdose

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(WKBN) – A Trumbull County man who recorded his young’s son reaction to his mother’s overdose death was on “The Doctors” show Monday morning on WKBN.

Brenden Clark and his mother, Denise, were invited on the show to share their story about Clark’s own addiction and recovery and what the future holds now for his young son, Cameron.

The 29-year-old made national news when he posted a video on social media showing his son’s reaction when he told him his mother, Lacey, had died of a heroin overdose. That video has been viewed over 36 million times.

“I did it to open the eyes of drug addicts and hoped that they would see what it does to our children, especially,” Clark told “The Doctors.”

He’s faced a lot of controversy about posting the video to his Facebook profile. People have accused him of posting it for publicity’s sake. Others say it was a necessary wake up call highlighting the drug epidemic in the country.

The show brought together several groups to help Clark and his family move forward. They were given $5,000 to spend on housing, clothing and food. Clark was also given a new camera and $5,000 in camera supplies to pursue his interest in photography.

Cameron was also invited to a Cleveland Cavaliers game where he will meet all the players.

This story is corrected to show the dollar amount of donations that Brenden and Denise were given.

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