Police Post Shocking Pictures Of Adults Who Overdosed With 4-Year-Old In Car

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (KDKA) — Police in one Ohio town are hoping that the shocking reality of drug abuse will help to fight the heroin epidemic.

The graphic photos of two adults, passed out in their car because of suspected heroin overdoses, have received in excess of two million views on East Liverpool’s Facebook page.

In the same vehicle, in the backseat, there’s a 4-year-old boy.

The graphic images tell a frightening story. Police say an officer watched a Ford Explorer weave erratically and stop.

Officers found an impaired James Acord in the driver’s seat. He said he was taking his unconscious passenger, Rhonda Pasek, to the hospital, and then became unresponsive himself. Narcan was administered and both regained consciousness.

The 4-year-old in the backseat was the son of one of the adults.

Photo: East Liverpool Police

Photo: East Liverpool Police

The Facebook post reads, in part: “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 about injecting this poison while having a child in their custody.”

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East Liverpool Public Safety Director Brian Allen told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti, “Sometimes, the truth is graphic. These pictures are the truth.”

Allen said officials thought long and hard before posting the graphic photos.

On their Facebook page, police continued, “We are well aware that some may be offended by these images, and for that we are truly sorry, but it is time the non-drug using public sees what we are dealing with on a daily basis. We are well aware some may be offended by these images, and for that we are sorry.”

Allen said the city and police have received some negative feedback from the photo posts, even a few death threats aimed at him and the mayor of East Liverpool.

Acord and Pasek face child endangerment and other charges. The child has been placed in foster care.

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One Comment

  1. Mike Hawk says:

    “The 4-year-old in the backseat was Pasek’s son.” Who’s son is he now?

  2. Burt Hoovis says:

    Just think – if heroin weren’t illegal, these people would know how much they were taking and probably wouldn’t have OD’d.

    Don’t get me wrong…these people are irresponsible idiots, but making drugs illegal doesn’t solve problems, it makes them worse.

    1. Burt that is w/o a doubt the dumbest thing I have ever read..yeah make heroin legal smdh

      1. Burt Hoovis says:

        On the contrary, continuing a policy which has proven to be an utter failure is monumentally dumb.

        Look man – I have an uncle who was a heroin addict and died in prison…the dude used to test positive IN PRISON.

        Think about that for a minute: If you can’t prevent people who are in prison from getting drugs, do you really believe that you’re ever going to stop the people who want them from getting them?

        The only real solution is to allow them to be legal and do the best to minimize their negative impact.

    2. Chloe Smith says:

      Burt Hoovis, you’re a freaking genius. Not really.

  3. If you are taking anything that impairs you…Stay the hell home….I’m tired of trying to wait on you while you act like a ding dong. Then you go and tell my manager I was rude to you. OMG…the drug addict….oops…the customer is always right. Your poor kids.

  4. I feel so sorry for that child, I don’t like when the addicts take their children with them to cop, so if the police stop them , they won’t lock them up, because they have a child or baby with them, but they need to think twice, because they will take the baby or child and lock them up. I feel they should be charged with child endangerment, child neglect, and drug charge. Hopefully then they will realize they need help and seek help. There is help foe them out there, they just need to ask for it, and stay strong through it. Yes it is hard & tough, and you want to give up, but think about your children or child. And accept God into your life, and find a friend you can call to talk to. Thank u for sharing maybe now everyone will see the terrible thing these drugs r to all of us.

  5. Chloe Smith says:

    Very disturbing. Sickening too. Throw the book at both of them. Save the little boy. Take him away from Pasek, the Mother of the Year, and never let her see him again.

  6. Sara Grace says:

    Sooo the officer who leaked the unblurred photos now showing up on facebook is going to be fired right? That needs to be investigated immediately.

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