Disturbing photos of two heroin-induced adults passed out in a car with a 4-year-old boy were posted online by the city of East Liverpool, Ohio Thursday.
— NewsChannel 5 (@WEWS) September 9, 2016
An East Liverpool police officer discovered a Ford Explorer driving recklessly, according to police reports. The driver then abruptly stopped next to a school bus and deviated towards the side of the road.
Inside were James Acord, 47, and Rhonda Pasek, 50. Acord’s head was oscillating, when police approached the car, and he mumbled indiscernibly, while Pasek was unconscious in the passenger seat. The officer then attempted to take Pasek out of the car and transport her to the hospital.
Acord noticed and tried to “manipulate the gear shift” and drive off, but the officer took the keys out of the car, according to the police report. Acord then became entirely unconscious. Paramedics were called and gave Acord and Pasek several doses of Narcan, an antidotal drug that is supposed to reverse the impact of heroin.
The boy is now in custody with Columbiana County Children’s Services.
The town used its official Facebook page to publicize the frightening pictures in order to warn drug users of the dangers of narcotics abuse.
“We feel it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug. We feel we need to be a voice for the children caught up in this horrible mess,” the city’s Facebook post read. “This child can’t speak for himself but we are hopeful his story can convince another user to think twice about injecting this poison while having a child in their custody.”
While the post starts “Warning Graphic Content,” the city chose not to blur the child’s face in the two pictures it provided. Many people expressed outrage over that decision in the comment thread, which currently features more than 2,400 varying responses.
“We are well aware that some may be offended by these images and for that we are truly sorry, but it is time that the non drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis,” the online post continued. “The poison known as heroin has taken a strong grip on many communities not just ours, the difference is we are willing to fight this problem until it’s gone and if that means we offend a few people along the way we are prepared to deal with that.”
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