Disturbing images have surfaced on the internet from Ohio's East Liverpool Police Deparement in The United States, showing a man and a woman who had allegedly overdosed on heroin, with a young child in the backseat of their car.
According to reports, the car had been driving erratically, swerving in and out of traffic and across road lines, and when the police officer approached the car after it had come to a stop he found the man and woman going in and out of consciousness.
The driver allegedly told the officer he was driving the woman passenger, who was 'turning blue' and was unconscious, to the hospital. The 4-year-old boy in the back was identified as the woman's son. They were then rushed to hospital.
The department uploaded the photographs to their social media page this week, accompanied by a post with the aim of raising awareness of the illicit drug probelm in the state and to deter citizens from such use, in particular when they have children.
The statement, preceeded by a warning, explained;
"The city Police department recently responded to a call of an incapacitated driver, attached are photos from the scene along with the actual police report...
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...
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.
... 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 pair are now in a stable condition. However, child services have since taken custody of the boy and the passengers have been charged with public intoxication, child endangerment and not wearing seat belts.
For obvious privacy and graphic content reasons, we have chosen to not include the images.
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