8-Year-Old Ohio Boy Discovered In Back Seat Of Passed Out, OD'd Heroin Parents

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Right now, there’s an incredibly scary heroin epidemic in Ohio. In fact, in just one county (Cuyahoga County), police are reporting that they’re on pace to record over 500 overdoses on opiates. One county. One drug. 500 deaths. That’s unreal. The cause of epidemic is complicated, but a lot people will point to the rise in the use of fentanyl–an extremely powerful surgical opiate that has been gaining in popularity.
Which brings us to this sad story. Yesterday, police in Columbiana County (located on the border of West Virginia) found two parents passed out in their car with a young boy sitting in the back seat.

Police got a call at around 3.11pm Thursday about a dark Ford Explorer with West Virginia plates that was seen driving erratically on St Clair Avenue and then coming to an abrupt stop near a school bus that was dropping off children, according to an arrest report that was also shared on Facebook.
When an officer approached the vehicle, he noticed that the driver, identified as 47-year-old James Acord, appeared intoxicated, with his head bobbing back and forth and his speech almost unintelligible.
Acord told the officer that he was driving 50-year-old Rhonda Pasek to a hospital. The woman was slumped over in the front passenger seat.
According to police, Acord then made an attempt to drive away, but at that moment the officer reached into the car and pulled the keys out of the ignition [source].

James Acord and Rhonda Pasek were both arrested and charged with different crimes. Acord was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, endangering children. Rhonda Pasek was hit with endangering children, public intoxication and not wearing a seatbelt.
For the record, the police are the ones who recorded these events and reported the story–presumably to shed light on the problems that their facing every day. If this doesn’t open your eyes to the tragedy thats going on in our own country, I don’t know what will.
Heroin. Not even once.

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