Shocking heroin photo released as a wake-up call
AN OHIO police officer stopped a vehicle being driven erratically and made a shocking discovery: The driver was barely conscious. A woman was slumped across the passenger seat next to him, turning blue.
In the back of the vehicle, a four-year-old boy sat restrained in a car seat, according to a police report.
Ambulance officers administered Narcan to reverse the overdoses.
James Lee Acord, 47, and Rhonda L. Pasek, 50 were revived and arrested. Acord pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 180 days in jail on charges of driving under the influence and endangering children.
Pasek pleaded not guilty to charges of disorderly conduct, endangering children and a seat-belt violation.
The city of East Liverpool then took the surprising step of posting those photos to its public Facebook page.
"It is time that the non-drug-using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis," the city posted.
"We feel we need to be a voice for the children caught up in this horrible mess. 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."
The police were criticised for not blurring the child's face.