Two Ohio citizens overdosed on heroin, while driving a vehicle with the one passenger’s four-year-old son in the backseat.
According to Us Weekly, officer Kevin Thompson in East Liverpool, Ohio recently followed an SUV, after he noticed the car driving erratically and “weaving back and forth.” The car suddenly stopped behind a school bus, so Thompson approached the drivers.
The officer caught James Acord driving the vehicle and Rhonda Pasek in the front seat. He noticed that Acord’s pupils were “pin-point,” his head was bobbing back and forth and his speech was almost unintelligible.
Acord said he was taking Pasek to the hospital. It was later found that the two were suffering from an opiate overdose. They were revived by Lifeteam EMS responders.
The worst part about this whole situation is that Pasek’s four-year-old son was in the backseat the whole time.
Acord was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, endangering a child and slowing or stopping in a roadway. Pasek, on the other hand, was charged with endangering a child, not wearing a seatbelt and public intoxication.
Due to the heroin epidemic that is plaguing states like Ohio, police shared images of Acord and Pasek’s overdose on Facebook, and Pasek’s son can be seen in the backseat.
“We feel it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug. We feel we need to be a voice for the child caught up in this horrible mess,” the Facebook post read. “This child can’t speak for himself but we are hopeful his story can convince other users to think twice about injecting this poison while having a child in their custody.”
“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 no drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis,” it 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.”
The photos have since gone viral. Hopefully, these disturbing images can help those with a heroin problem to seek help and to prevent those who have never done it from ever trying it. This drug issue is one that needs to be stopped as soon as possible, so these tragic incidents do not happen more often.