Police release shocking photos of adults who overdosed in car with 4-year-old in backseat

Police found 47-year-old James Acord and 50-year-old Rhonda Pasek overdosing in a Ford Explorer with a 4-year-old boy in the back seat (his face has been digitally altered to protect his identity), East Liverpool, Ohio, Sept. 7, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the City of East Liverpool, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Shocking images of a man and woman who overdosed on heroin in their car with a 4-year-old boy sitting in the backseat were captured by Ohio police Wednesday and then shared on social media as part of a heroin-awareness initiative.

Police found 47-year-old James Acord and 50-year-old Rhonda Pasek overdosing in a Ford Explorer with a 4-year-old boy in the back seat (his face has been digitally altered to protect his identity), East Liverpool, Ohio, Sept. 7, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the City of East Liverpool, St. George News
Police found 47-year-old James Acord and 50-year-old Rhonda Pasek overdosing in a Ford Explorer with a 4-year-old boy in the back seat (his face has been digitally altered to protect his identity), East Liverpool, Ohio, Sept. 7, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the City of East Liverpool, St. George News

A police officer in East Liverpool observed the driver of the Ford Explorer driving erratically and weaving back and forth behind a school bus that was in the process of dropping off children, according to a police report filed by the Ohio police department.

The officer noted that the vehicle began to brake hard and then skidded to a stop. When the school bus pulled away, the vehicle remained in the roadway before slowly drifting at an angle on the street.

When the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed the driver was barely conscious and a woman was slumped across the passenger seat next to him, turning blue, according to the police report. In the back of the vehicle, a 4-year-old boy sat restrained in a car seat.

Police found 47-year-old James Acord and 50-year-old Rhonda Pasek overdosing in a Ford Explorer with a 4-year-old boy in the back seat (his face has been digitally altered to protect his identity), East Liverpool, Ohio, Sept. 7, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the City of East Liverpool, St. George News
Police found 47-year-old James Acord and 50-year-old Rhonda Pasek overdosing in a Ford Explorer with a 4-year-old boy in the back seat (his face has been digitally altered to protect his identity), East Liverpool, Ohio, Sept. 7, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the City of East Liverpool, St. George News

The officer called an ambulance, and when the paramedics arrived, they administered Narcan, used to reverse opioid overdoses. After 47-year-old James Acord and 50-year-old Rhonda Pasek were revived, police arrested them and contacted children’s services.

City of East Liverpool officials made the decision to post the police photos of the incident along with a copy of the police report on its Facebook page to illustrate the dangers of “the poison known as heroin.”

“We feel it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug,” the city wrote in the accompanying post. “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.”

The post continued:

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.

Many states across the nation have been struggling with an epidemic of heroin overdose deaths. The number of heroin-involved deaths nationwide has nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013, federal health officials said in July.

After going up on Facebook Thursday, the post went viral and was shared more than 28,000 times and elicited more than 5,000 comments by Monday.

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11 Comments

  • 42214 September 12, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Now that is one good looking couple. Ain’t dope grand.

    • .... September 12, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      Don’t say anything about Bob because anybody home will ban us from recess and send us to the principles office. ..LOL !

      • Arcana September 12, 2016 at 11:24 pm

        Go away. You’re like a cock roach.

        • .... September 13, 2016 at 6:38 am

          Awwww you poor little thing. .are you going to turn me over to anybody home and have me sent to the principles office LOL !

  • wilbur September 12, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Old news….need more car accident stories.

    • .... September 12, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      wilbur… yep I would prefer a good car accident story !

  • .... September 13, 2016 at 6:40 am

    I’m just curious are my feelings supposed to be hurt because Deputy Arcana Fife said I was like a cockroach ? LOL !

    • ladybugavenger September 13, 2016 at 10:44 am

      You know what they say about cockroaches….that means that when an atomic bomb happens you’ll be the only one here….awwwww you better have cockroach friends Dot or you’ll be lonely ?

      • .... September 13, 2016 at 12:02 pm

        Hey That means I will be able to get into movies for free. ! yeahhhhhhhhhh LOL !

  • Kristi September 13, 2016 at 9:31 am

    That poor kid.: So what do you remember the most about your birth patents? Well there was this one day and we were going on a ride to see my dads friend I think his name was … Uncle Charlie yeah that was it… And then I remember the car going from one side to the other and it felt like something really hard tugged on my chest and then the car stopped, next thing I remember was my mom leaned over to my dad like she was going to tell him something but didn’t come back up then my dad had his head back and I could see his mouth opened and thought he was taking a nap. Then then this bad guy was slapping my mom in there face and yelling at her and another bad man was yelling and slapping my dad that’s the last thing I can remember. I haven’t seen them since. Now that I’m all grown up you know 16 in all. I’m going to try and find them. Meanwhile in the cemetery is a head stone for a couple that died of a drug overdose 3 weeks earlier. Herion is a sick sick drug and I’ve always heard its really hard to get off of it and stay off. I’ve been really lucky that I’ve never been pressured into trying that or any drugs!!!

  • .... September 14, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Kristi actually them being dead is the best thing that could of happened to him.

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