YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - An Ohio man is sharing a very personal experience on social media that he hopes will help spread more awareness about drug addiction.
Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark told his 8-year-old son on Monday that his mother died of a heroin overdose.
"This was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. My son has no mother because of heroin," Bickerstaff-Clark wrote.
Bickerstaff-Clark, who is a recovering drug addict, is seen in the Facebook video, sitting outside on a table across from his son and a woman.
"Your mommy died last night," Bickerstaff-Clark said.
"What do you mean? My mom," the boy said.
Bickerstaff-Clark's son started crying as the woman next to embraced him. Bickerstaff-Clark walked over the table to hold his son as he continued to cry.
"Please get help so our children don't have to suffer," Bickerstaff-Clark wrote. He said he posted the video so that "addicts with children can see the seriousness of our epidemic."
The video has viewed more than 26 million times with mixed reactions. While many offered their condolences, others did not agree with sharing the boy's reaction.
Patricio Ephraim Carnivara wrote, "Sorry for your loss Brenden. Thank you for sharing."
"Brenden, this takes courage and it's something that people need to see. Thank you for putting this out for the world," Jessica Kidwell wrote.
"So wrong to record this," Kayla Benner wrote.
"I get the message behind the video but I'm sorry it's in very poor taste," Sarah Louise Hewitt wrote.
Bickerstaff-Clark wrote that he was 94 days clean when he posted the video.