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December 26, 2013

Pair arrested for behavior on MTV reality show

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GRAYSON, Ky. —

"I know I shouldn't take (the boy) along, but I have no one to watch him," Howard says.

Later, Howard is shown snorting a crushed pill off the hood of Nickell's car while her son plays in the background. Howard admits she "crossed a line I never thought I'd cross" by using drugs in her son's presence.

Howard also is seen showing up late to her son's birthday party because she and Nickell are out trying to score pills, and swallowing a handful of pills at an outdoor party after police show up. She later tells producers she also drank alcohol at the party and woke up thinking, "Wow! I could've OD'd last night."

Near the end of the show, Howard is seen entering a treatment clinic and speaking to a counselor, telling him Suboxone, a drug commonly used in the treatment of opiate addiction, has eliminated her cravings for pills.

An epilogue at the conclusion of Howard's portion of the program states she continues to take Suboxone, hasn't gotten high on pills for two months and is planning to find a place to live on her own with her son as soon as she finds steady employment.

"True Life" has been airing on MTV since March 1998. Each episode follows a particular topic. The show is created by having camera crews follow the subjects through certain parts of their lives. The program has covered more than 140 topics and has won a number of awards.

Details for this story were reported by The Independent in Ashland, Ky.

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