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Pictures of OD'd Ohio couple go viral on social media

'It is time that the non drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis,' the East Liverpool police department said. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Ohio, United States Sep 10, 2016, 02.21 AM (IST)
Ohio police department released pictures of a couple OD'd on heroin in their car, along with the woman's young son in the back seat. The pictures were released as evidence of epidemic drug use and the couple were arrested on charges of child endangerment. 

The images were posted on the Facebook page of the East Liverpool police department along with an officer's report of the incident.

"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 department said.

The image posted by officer Thompson showed the couple unconscious with the woman's son sitting behind them.

"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 post showed James Acord and Rhonda Pasek, unconscious in the front seats of their Ford Explorer, mouths agape, with Pasek's son sitting in the back. 

By Friday afternoon, 24 hours after the images were posted, it had generated 20,000 shares and over 3,000 comments.

According to the police report, Officer Kevin Thompson wrote that Accord's head was ''bobbing back and forth'', his speech almost unintelligible. Accord told him he was taking Pasek to the hospital and tried to drive away before completely passing out.

They were revived by emergency medical technicians using several rounds of a drug used to reverse the overdose, Thompson reported.

The officer also found a folded piece of paper with a pink, powdery substance between Pasek's legs.

The child was taken into custody by child protection services while Pasek was charged with child endangerment and public intoxication charges.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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