Photo of the day


This photo shows the reality of drug addiction and its impact on the children of drug addict parents.

On Wednesday afternoon, a police officer in East Liverpool, Ohio, stopped a vehicle for driving erratically and made a shocking discovery: The driver was barely conscious. A woman was slumped across the passenger seat next to him, turning blue.

In the back of the vehicle, a 4-year-old boy sat restrained in a car seat, according to a police report.

…It seemed like just another day of near-tragedy on the front lines of America’s opioid epidemic. But the East Liverpool incident was unique in one key respect: Someone at the scene snapped photos of the adults passed out in the car with the grim-faced child sitting in back. The city of East Liverpool then took the surprising step of posting those photos to its public Facebook page.

It is time that the non drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis,” 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 has spread like wildfire on Facebook in the day since it went up, shared more than 22,000 times and eliciting more than 3,000 comments by Friday evening


…Kathleen McCoy, a chemical dependency specialist at the Counseling Center of Columbiana County said that heroin is a big problem in the county. She said that there are resources to help people struggling with substance abuse, but that a big barrier is getting people to seek help.

She said when she looks at the photographs of Acord and Pasek, she sees a depiction of a terrible illness.

“I have an understanding of how addiction is a disease in the brain; it’s a chronic illness that can be treated,” McCoy said. “So you’re looking at two individuals, in the car with a child. And you’re looking at — once people get addicted, it’s more of a sickness that needs to be treated, versus these are terrible people.”

  • waldopepper

    clearly what they need is a healthy dose of anti smacking legislation. i mean hey, we did it here and its fixed all child abuse and nz is now a magic utopia free of child neglect and abuse, as promised by sue bradford. isnt it ?

  • Blueburd

    I saw this picture a few days ago and it bother me a lot. I was just heartbroken for the child and just couldn’t believe how selfish the so called parents are

  • JEL51

    Without words even, it is such a powerful message. We need more of this exposure, particularly around the destruction of the brain/frontal lobe, that comes with the use of P.
    I can still recall footage on the effects of opiates we were shown as student nurses way back in the early 70s,

  • Phenandra

    Illness eh? Isn’t leftist redefinition an amazing thing? It not only makes the perpetrator a victim, but introduces the need for a treatment industry at Counseling Centres across the western world. Which then spends its time advocating for its own existence.

    And before anyone brings up DSM, I would point out that DSM’s primary function was the classification of mental disorders to enable psychiatrists to be at least using diagnostic labels consistently. It then was extended further and further to include, and incidentally medicalise, all behaviours which could prove in any way difficult.

    As an absurd example, most coffee drinkers would be regarded as addicts, in that most coffee drinkers would get a withdrawl headache if they stopped coffee suddenly.

  • Usaywot

    Hard hearted I may be but I have no sympathy for the parents at all. Deepest sympathy for the poor child, though.

  • Cambo

    Good to see the kid was restrained in his seat though. At least they skip the fine on that one

  • chaos

    This was such a sad photo to see the other day, hopefully those parents wont be allowed near the child again.

  • BigNose

    I wonder if this would have been published if the family was black…