Earlier this week, two people overdosed while a 4-year-old child sat in the backseat.
A Facebook post by the City of East Liverpool, Ohio shows pictures of the incapacitated couple as well as the child along with pictures of the police report filed.
The police report states that on Sept. 7, police officer Kevin Thompson was following a Ford Explorer that was driving “very erratic, weaving back and forth in the lane while driving on the yellow center and back to the right edge of the roadway.”
As the car approached a bus dropping off children, it skidded to a halt. The bus left, but the car stayed in the roadway until it drifted and stopped.
Thompson then went up to the car, making contact with the driver, who was later identified as James Acord. Thompson noted that Acord’s head was bobbing back and forth; he had unintelligible speech and pinpoint pupils.
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When Acord was asked what he was doing, he stated that he was taking his passenger, identified as Rhonda Pasek, to the hospital. Thompson had to reach in and turn off the car himself, noting that there was a 4-year-old child in the backseat behind the passenger seat.
During this stop, Acord eventually lost consciousness and Pasek became blue. Thompson called an ambulance for the two while attempting to keep Pasek’s airway open. When the ambulance came, EMTs administered a drug called Narcan, which is often used to reverse opiate overdoses.
When the two regained consciousness, they were taken to the hospital.
Inside the car, police officers found a yellow, folded up piece of paper that contained “a small amount of pink powdery substance.” The substance is set to be tested and analyzed.
Children’s services were called and the child, identified as Pasek’s son, was placed under their care.
Acord was charged with child endangerment and driving under the influence. His charge of stopping in a roadway was dismissed.
He pleaded no contest to the charges and was sentenced to 180 days in jail for each charge and fined $475, according to The Weirton Daily Times.
Pasek faced charges of endangering children, disorderly conduct, and a seat belt violation. She pleaded not guilty.
The post, which contains photos of the drugged couple, has received both positive and negative feedback. Some criticize the page for not blurring out the child’s face, while others praise the bravery of posting images associated with the sensitive topic of drug use around children.
Text included in the post explains the reason why the images were posted: to bring attention to the dangers of heroin and how drugs affect children.
The post ends with a strong message:
“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.”
Banner credit: Facebook user City of East Liverpool, Ohio