An Eastern Ohio city made national headlines when it shared graphic Facebook photos of a couple they say overdosed from heroin with a child in the backseat of a SUV.
The photos, posted by the East Liverpool police department, show couple, James Acord and Rhonda Pasek, passed out and a 4-year-old child right behind them.
Police say the couple was swerving when they were told to pull over. It was after police confronted Acord, who said he was rushing to get an already-passed-out Pasek to a hospital, that he then passed out.
These photos have been shared more than 6,000 times just on Facebook alone.
These are some comments from users in response to the photos:
"I hope by posting these photo's some addicts take this to heart and decide to get clean."
"Could've covered the kids face!! Hes [sic] a minor. Poor thing."
The city says it is prepared for backlash.
"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 city wrote.
"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."
The 4-year-old boy has been placed in Child Protective Services.
The couple have already appeared in court on child endangering and drug charges.
Overdose deaths, including prescription opioids and heroin, have nearly quadrupled since 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.