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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.”

-independent.co.uk


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