Couple of pictures taken by a small-town Ohio police department went viral on social media. The picture showing the couple allegedly overdosed on heroin in their car and their son ignored in the back, was circulated widely on social media on Friday as evidence of an epidemic in use of the drug.
East Liverpool, Ohio Police Department posted the images on the Facebook page along with an officer’s report of the incident that led to the arrest of James Acord and Rhonda Pasek on child endangerment charges.
The police department said in on the Facebook page “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 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 department added.
The post has generated more than 26,000 shares and nearly 5,000 comments as of Saturday evening.
The officer who clicked the picture also wrote that Acord, whose head was “bobbing back and forth”, his speech almost unintelligible, told him he was taking Pasek to the hospital and attempted to drive away before falling completely unconscious. However, both were revived by emergency medical technicians using several rounds of a drug used to reverse an opiate overdose.