WARNING: If you continue to scroll down, you will find a second photo of the overdosed that some viewers may find even more disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.
EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (AP/WOOD) — An Ohio police department says it’s trying to illustrate the impact of the heroin and painkiller epidemic by sharing photos of a 4-year-old boy sitting in a vehicle behind slumped-over adults who were later revived with an overdose antidote.
In a Facebook message , East Liverpool police say they’re sorry if people are offended, but they want the public to see what happens and they want to be a voice for the child who witnessed the scene.
“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.
“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 City of East Liverpool, Ohio posted on Facebook along with the disturbing photos.
The officer who pulled over the driver noticed him driving erratically near a school bus that was releasing children.
When the vehicle stopped and the officer approached, he noticed signs the driver was impaired. The officer says the driver indicated he was taking his unconscious female passenger to a hospital, then became unresponsive himself.
The officer called paramedics, who revived the pair using Narcan.
They face child-endangering and other charges.