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Ohio police post shocking photos of adults who overdosed with 4-year-old in vehicle

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – Police posted shocking photos of two adults -- who police believe had overdosed on heroin -- passed out in a car with a 4-year-old boy in the backseat, according to WJW.

The city of East Liverpool, Ohio shared the photos on their Facebook page on Thursday after responding to a call of an incapacitated driver.

Police said they hope the photos send a message to drug users to think twice before abusing drugs.

The Liverpool Police Department posted shocking photos to Facebook showing two adults, who police believe were on heroin, passed out in a car with a little boy in the backseat. (Photo Credit: East Liverpool Police)

The Liverpool Police Department posted shocking photos to Facebook showing two adults, who police believe were on heroin, passed out in a car with a little boy in the backseat. (Photo Credit: East Liverpool Police)

“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. 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,” wrote the city of East Liverpool, Ohio.

“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 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."

Police were alerted to the vehicle when an officer saw a Ford Explorer driving erratically and then slamming on the brakes as it approached a stopped school bus that was dropping kids off, the police report states.

When the officer approached the driver, later identified as James Acord, his head was bobbing and his speech was almost unintelligible.

Acord told the officer he was taking his front seat passenger, who was passed out and identified as Rhonda Pasek, to the hospital.

The officer said he reached into the vehicle, turned it off and removed the keys just as Acord attempted to drive away. That's when the officer noticed a 4-year-old boy in the backseat, who was later identified as Pasek's son.

The officer said Acord eventually passed out as well.

EMS responded and administered Narcan, a drug used to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

The Liverpool Police Department posted shocking photos to Facebook showing two adults, who police believe were on heroin, passed out in a car with a little boy in the backseat. (Photo Credit: East Liverpool Police)

The Liverpool Police Department posted shocking photos to Facebook showing two adults, who police believe were on heroin, passed out in a car with a little boy in the backseat. (Photo Credit: East Liverpool Police)

Acord and Pasek regained consciousness and were taken to the hospital.

Acord is charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, endangering children, and slowing or stopping in a roadway. Pasek is charged with endangering children, public intoxication, and not wearing a seat belt.

The child is in the custody of Columbiana County Children's Services.

19 comments

      • Toni R Jeffries

        My, aren’t you pessimistic? While recovering from addiction is hard as hell, it can be done and is done every day by millions of people. With the right support and tenacious determination, this woman may very well get clean and stay clean. In fact, these photos may be just what it takes to start her on that journey. What she doesn’t need are people like you telling her she is hopeless.

    • Jim (a different jim)

      The looks of that woman, she is far too gone on the drug. Master of puppets, Mr brownstone. Whatever you want to call heroin. It’s got a grip on her to the point where I don’t see anyone of her meager means recovering from it.

      One things for certain… drug use is not a victimless crime. Just ask this poor boy.

    • leo

      Sorry I have to agree with Mike here…if having a kid didn’t make them grow up after 4 years then its not likely. I say this from experiencing this with my family my brother was an addict in several different things. heroin, pot, meth and he admits there was other stuff. The thing is…you can’t make someone change and grow up only circumstance and their own sense of priorities can and obviously having a kid was not enough for either of them. Addiction has many faces and many members of my family invested in it. They do not change long term, often they change just long enough for issues to be “forgotten” in their minds sometimes no longer than a week. a good quote from a show “i may not drink but i’m still an alcoholic” there is still the potential and every risk that they will go back and if they can’t clean up their act for an innocent kid that got dragged into their lives through no choice of his own then they obviously don’t care.

  • Brian Palmer

    I’m glad the police post this .it is an in site people need to see drugs at any level are a bad idea someone may see this a quite others may begin to help others instead of turning there backs.and I pray for that little guy someone takes good care of him .thank you officers you may have saved a life.

  • Opinion8d

    Take the kid and forget administering Narcan…..let the adults die! I’m glad to see they posted something like this -hopefully it will help someone…it sure can’t hurt!

  • Ryan

    If they were receiving emergency medical treatment and there was no delay that would jeopardize heir safety absolutely post it. Embarrassment can cause change

  • AmericanWoman

    People disgust me…. I am so done with drug abusers and the EXCUSES that everyone makes for them. Should have let them go.

  • Derek Lasalle

    In all honestly, if these people would have known about kratom, they may have had a chance to wean off of heroin. #kratomsaveslives It completely infuriates me that the we now have a possible solution to addiction to harder drugs, and now the DEA wants to take that away. Wtf America…

  • Robert west

    There has been an epidemic of heroin in the United States ever since we went into Afghanistan our own government has been flooding our streets with Heroin creating this problem if people would realize this truth there has been an epidemic of heroin in United States ever since we went in to Afghanistan our own government has been flooding our street with heroin creating this problem if people would realize this truth we could stop it

  • matt g

    For real, the police are writing a Simons for seatbelt? These idiots sick or not, addiction or not should be charged with some serious charges toured the child n no I’m not talking about that little endangering welfare BS. Like attempted murder or willingness to do harm to child under age of 10. Something a lot worse. Need to stop this n that will happen when ppl are more afraid of the consequences then they are of the Over dosing.. Just saying

  • drayall matenaer

    We cant even keep drugs out of are prision systems. we must change the way we view, and solve these typs of problems or nothing will change. How long have we attempted to solve these typs of problems with the same methods yet nothing has changed. We the people must make a change. The problem is US (the people) not the drugs.

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