Couple Pass Out After Overdosing With Heroin With Toddler At Car Backseat

AMERICAN cops have released harrowing photos of a couple passed out in their car with a child in the back to show the devastating effects of heroin addiction.

Ohio cops posted the pictures on Facebook after the pair were pulled over when the man, James Acord, was spotted driving erratically.

Police release graphic photos to show heroin's devastating effect - a man and woman passed out in the front seats of a car with a child sitting in the back - The photographs, which the department posted with a graphic warning on its Facebook page, are from a traffic stop earlier this week

They wrote: “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.”

CNN reports he told police he was driving to the hospital, as the woman in the passenger seat, Rhonda Pasek, had passed out. Officer Kevin Thompson then saw Acord’s head “bobbing back and forth”, while his speech was “almost unintelligible”.

Acord soon lost consciousness himself – and Officer Kevin Thompson noticed the little boy, Pasek’s 4-year-old son, in the back of the car.

Both adults survived the overdose – with emergency services being forced to administered Narcan, an opiate antidote, to Pasek, who was turning blue.

According to court documents, Acord pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while impaired and endangering a child, while Pasek pleaded not guilty to endangering a child, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. The child was taken to social services.

The police department said: “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.”