Ohio Police Dept has shared some seriously disturbing photos of a couple who passed out in the car with a 4-year old kind the backseat, the couple seems to have overdosed on heroin.
The disturbing photos appeared in the City of East Liverpool’s social media page on this Thursday.
Officials claimed that they decided it was best to let the photos go viral to raise public awareness of the increasing heroin epidemic in the state, and also try to deter people from using opioids when they have children in their care.
Addiction to opioids such as heroin, morphine, fentanyl and codeine in the US has reached the proportions of a full-scale epidemic in recent years.
In Ohion, which has come out as the hardest hit states by the opioid plagues, there were around 3,000 unintentional drug cases with an average of eight per day.
‘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,’ it says in the caption accompanying the photos.
The parents both injected heroin and thought it would be a great idea to do so while they were driving with a child in the backseat of their SUV
“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.”
According to the cop’s report, they said they saw a Ford Explorer driving randomly and the slamming the brakes right before it nearly slammed into a school bus. When he approached the SUV he saw the father and mother had passed out unconscious.
The driver’s head was bobbing up and down and he was babbling incoherently. The mother was out cold, and the driver eventually joined her in total unconsciousness.