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Ohio Police release images of adults overdosed with 4-year-old child in the back seat

September 9, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Ohio Police release images of adults overdosed with 4-year-old child in the back seat

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An Ohio police department released photos of a 4-year-old boy sitting in a vehicle behind two slumped-over adults who had overdosed and later had to be resuscitated with the help of an overdose antidote, to illustrate the impact of the heroin and painkiller epidemic plaguing many Americans.

East Liverpool police apologized in a Facebook message if anyone was offended, but stressed they sought to be a voice for the child who witnessed the disturbing scene.

Police said cops observed the driver of the Ford Explorer, identified as 47-year-old James Acord driving behind a school bus before the car drifted into an angle on the road.

East Liverpool police posted the photos on Facebook in an attempt to send a message to drug users about the dangers of their actions. (CITY OF EAST LIVERPOOL)

East Liverpool police posted the photos on Facebook in an attempt to send a message to drug users about the dangers of their actions. (CITY OF EAST LIVERPOOL)

According to the police report, officer Kevin Thompson approached the vehicle and witnessed Acord, who “had pinpoint pupils” and speech was unintelligible.

Acord told the officer that he was taking passenger Rhonda Pasek, 50, to the hospital before becoming unresponsive himself.

Thompson said the unconscious Pasek was turning blue and noticed the 4-year-old boy in the backseat, who was later identified as Rhonda Pasek’s son.

The officer immediately called paramedics, who revived the pair with Narcan, which is a drug used to reverse opiate overdoses, according to the police report.

Rhonda Pasek and James Acord were arrested after they overdosed on heroin in the car. (COLUMBIANA COUNTY JAIL)

Rhonda Pasek and James Acord were arrested after they overdosed on heroin in the car. (COLUMBIANA COUNTY JAIL)

Authorities charged Acord with child endangerment, operating a vehicle impaired, and slowing in a roadway, while Pasek faces endangering a child, not wearing a seatbelt and public intoxication.

Police placed the child in the care of Ohio Child Protective Services.

“We feel it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug and 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 city wrote in the Facebook message which was posted along with two photos of the unconscious adults and the alert boy in the backseat.

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