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Photos Show Effects Heroin Addiction Has On Loved Ones

It's difficult to grasp the severity of someone's heroin addiction until you realize how much the drug is indirectly affecting their loved ones — especially when children are involved.

We got a reality check last week when disturbing photos of a man and a woman passed out in their car with a 4-year-old child in the backseat were released by the City of East Liverpool on Facebook.

Both adults had reportedly overdosed, and the child has been given a new home in South Carolina with his great-aunt and great-uncle, according to NBC News.

Unfortunately, this child was not the last one to be dangerously exposed to heroin addictions this week.

Heartbreaking photos of a police officer holding a 2-month-old baby, who they had rescued from an alleged heroin-induced car crash, were released on Twitter by the Miami Police Department.

It's been reported by ABC News that the driver and the mother of the child may have overdosed on heroin on Monday afternoon, which caused the incident that left both adults "unconscious and incoherent."

The police department soon discovered the infant in a car seat in the back of the vehicle and began to care for it.

Ignatius Carroll, Captain of Miami Department of Fire-Rescue, told WPLG the conditions of the infant. He said,

The child appeared to be somewhat awake, but very hot, very sweaty.

The Miami PD posted on Twitter the baby was put into the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families on Monday — but we mustn't forget the care that the child received from the police directly after the crash.