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Effects Of Heroin Revealed In Graphic Police Photos


The US is currently embroiled in a heroin epidemic. In 2014, addiction to opioid painkillers and heroin contributed to more overdose deaths than any year on record in America: over 47,000.

To put this into perspective, the number of gun deaths in America per year is around 34,000.

According to the CDC, the heroin-related overdose death rate increased 286 percent from 2002 to 2013.

A police department in Ohio just gave everyone a firsthand look at the awful impact of this epidemic.

It shared unsettling photos of a man and a woman who were passed out in a car with a child in the backseat.

East Liverpool City Police

The photos were posted to the Facebook page for the City of East Liverpool, Ohio.

The status that went along with the photos stated,

The man in the photo, James Acord, had apparently been driving very dangerously behind a school bus before his encounter with police, New York Daily News reports.

When police approached him, he was fairly incoherent and could barely talk.

Before losing consciousness, Acord told Officer Kevin Thompson he was trying to take the woman who was passed out next to him, Rhonda Pasek, to the hospital. This is apparently when Officer Thompson saw there was a young boy in the back seat, who is reportedly Pasek's 4-year-old son.

Officer Thompson called emergency services for Pasek, who was turning blue, and they administered Narcan, an opiate antidote. Both Pasek and Acord were taken to the hospital.

The boy was taken by Columbiana County Children's Services.

Acord pled guilty to operating a vehicle while impaired and endangering a child, while Pasek pled not guilty to endangering a child, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

According to CNN, Pasek's case has not yet been resolved.