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Grocery chain pulls Halloween 'syringe pens' after complaints
Kroger stores are pulling some Halloween accessories from shelves after getting customer complaints.
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Hassan outlines federal plan to curb opioid abuse
Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan says she would require doctors nationwide to use prescription drug monitoring programs if she is elected to the U.S. Senate this fall. Such programs are meant to curb opioid abuse by tracking prescriptions and preventing patients from “doctor shopping.” New Hampshire de...
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Rosie O’Donnell delivers encouraging update on daughter after ‘overdose’
Earlier this week that Chelsea was taken to Long Island hospital after overdosing on drugs.
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August is deadliest month for heroin, fentanyl overdoses in Cuyahoga County history
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said August was the deadliest month in county history for heroin and fentanyl deaths. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- More people died last month from heroin or fentanyl than any other month in Cuyahoga County history, the medical examiner said. The 52 deaths represent a continuing spike in opioid related deaths in the county. The three deadliest months for opioid deaths have come in 2016. And there has already been 14 deaths in September from heroin, fentanyl or carfentanil, an elephant sedative some 100 times more potent the fentanyl and 2,500 times more potent than heroin. Carfentanil is now suspected in at least two overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County. Ten people died of overdoses on the drugs over the Labor Day weekend, the medical examiner said. The county has seen at least 330 overdose deaths this year, which already has dwarfed the 228 who died of overdoses in all of 2015. The medical examiner expects more than 500 overdose deaths by the end of the year. Fifteen of the August deaths came in the first three days of the month. July deaths were also above normal. Forty-eight people died of heroin or fentanyl overdoses that month, which is the third worst month for opioid deaths for a single month. The second worst total came in March, when 50 people died. Thirty-one people died of heroin or fentanyl overdoses in June, 45 in May, 33 in April, 50 in March, 27 in February and 30 in January, according to the medical examiner's data. This post will be updated.
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'Our antidote...ineffective': Opioid epidemic worsens as elephant tranquilizer causes mass overdoses
?Carfentanil is a tranquilizer for elephants and zoo animals, but the rare opioid has found its way into heroin supplies. Now it’s wreaking havoc with a potency that exceeds the opioid-reversing abilities of drugs available to law enforcement. Read Full Article at
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Maryland Democrats announce pair of bills to battle heroin crisis
Some three-dozen Democratic members of the General Assembly gathered Friday to announce a pair of bills they think could help battle the rising rate of heroin overdose deaths across Maryland.The bills, which form part of a broader package of legislation, focus on educating people about the dangers...
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State police help save woman overdosing at Thompson Center
Illinois State Police helped save a woman Thursday afternoon after she passed out in a restroom while taking heroin, officials said. Shortly before 1 p.m., the officers were alerted to a women's restroom in the James R. Thompson Center. When they arrived they found a female lying on the floor in...
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New Hampshire leads effort to view overdoses as crime scenes
A New Hampshire training program that teaches police officers and prosecutors how to treat drug overdoses as crime scenes is emerging as a model for other states grappling with the opioid crisis.Outgoing Attorney General Joe Foster launched the training last summer so that officers could learn how...
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‘Trump Troubadour’ feels ‘betrayed’ by President’s health plan
A Trump-stumping cowboy who lost his son to heroin overdose now feels “betrayed” by the President’s health plan.
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$1M bond for 2 men accused of supplying lethal drug mixture
Two men have been charged with giving a lethal mixture of drugs to an Addison man who died of a drug overdose.
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Fourth person saved in Lake County from opioid overdose in 2017
A woman was saved from an opioid overdose on Saturday when deputies administered three doses of Naloxone in north suburban Beach Park.
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Father mourns tragic death of teen in Holland Tunnel gun case
The teen at the center of the case died of an apparent drug overdose last month, her father said.
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Battle against heroin moves to the obituary pages
DAGSBORO, Del. (AP) - Sarah Wood, 19, died on her bedroom floor of an apparent heroin overdose days before Christmas 2016. The Indian River graduate wasn't a problem child, according to her mother, Margret Wood. She wasn't in and out of rehabs, she never had a run-in with the law. ...
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52 overdoses in 32 hours in one US state
Another week, another cluster of overdoses.
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Stealth drug ravages Louisville as deaths spike
Fentanyl-related deaths spiked to 139 from 26 between 2015 and 2016. That's five times more victims, according to Jefferson County coroner's...       
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1 day, 1 city: 43 overdoses, 1 death
Though the number didn't top a one-day total in November in Philadelphia, Louisville has less than half the population of the Pennsylvania c...       
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Save lives in Southern Colorado with opioid treatment training
The creation of this program will help Pueblo and Routt counties, two areas deeply impacted by this issue, move to the forefront of efforts to combat opioid drug overdoses.
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Heroin from friend nearly killed Staten Island mom as son cried
The mom who almost died of a drug overdose in a car on Staten Island told police she had snorted heroin from a friend.
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Woman nearly dies of heroin overdose in car with baby in backseat
A 24-year-old mom almost died of a drug overdose in a car on Staten Island as her infant son cried in the backseat, police said.
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Women found overdosed in car with baby in back seat
A woman who overdosed on heroin in Staten Island was found passed out in a running car as her 3-month-old son sat crying in the back seat, police said. Police were called to the parking lot of a pizzeria on Arthur Kill Rd. around 10 p.m. Saturday where they found Katelyn Cox, 24, slumped over...
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Five dead in Cleveland in 24 hours due to opiate overdoses
One person died on Friday and five people died on Saturday due to opiate overdoses, a Cleveland police spokesman said. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Five people have died in the city of Cleveland in the past 24 hours due to opiate-related incidents, Cleveland police said Sunday. First responders attended to 20 overdose victims Saturday, including the five who died, Cleveland police spokesman Det. Reginald Lanton said. On Friday, one person died as a result of an opiate overdose. No information about the six dead victims - including ages, race or genders - have been released. It's also unclear where or when the fatal overdoses happened. Neither Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office spokesman Christopher Harris nor Lanton immediately responded to messages seeking additional information about the overdose deaths. More than 500 people died in Cuyahoga County in 2016 due to drug overdoses, with the overwhelming majority linked to opioids. This post will be updated if further information about the opiate death spike is released Sunday. If you'd like to comment on this post, please visit the crime and courts comments section. 
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Man’s ‘mission from God’ is to save kids from heroin addiction
John Cramsey was sipping his coffee on the morning of Jan. 26 when the Facebook message buzzed on his phone. “That . . . girl you tried to save . . . is dead now,” it read. “It was an overdose.” Cramsey’s heart plummeted. He’d lost another one. “Please, tell me you’re not serious,” he replied, sobbing as he...
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In hell: The fight to save one addict
Can a wide net of services and the love of her father rescue an 18-year-old heroin addict?       
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Judge suspends women's work-release program after 2 overdose
EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania county's president judge has suspended a work-release program for female inmates after two overdosed on drugs at the county jail.
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Tires slashed on pickup truck; credit cards stolen from retirement community worker: Brook Park police blotter
Someone slashed two tires on a Chevrolet pickup truck parked outside Brook Park Recreation Center. Also, credit and ATM cards were stolen from a woman's purse inside East Park Retirement Community. File photo  Criminal damaging, Holland Road: Two tires on a Chevrolet pickup truck were slashed between 7-8 p.m. Jan. 12 outside Brook Park Recreation Center, 17400 Holland. Police have no suspects. Theft, Elmdale Road: Credit and ATM cards were reported stolen at about 9:30 a.m. Jan. 7 from a woman's purse inside East Park Retirement Community, 6360 Elmdale. The victim was a retirement community worker. The cards were used to steal money from an ATM and buy $60 in gas and merchandise at a Speedway station. Operating a vehicle under the influence, Hummel Road-Henry Ford Boulevard: A Brook Park man, 30, was arrested at about 1:15 a.m. Jan. 21 after police saw the Chevrolet Malibu he was driving drift out of its lane. Sudden illness, Brookpark Road: A woman called police at about 3 p.m. Jan. 20 and reported that her boyfriend was overdosing on heroin in his bathroom at Park Place Suites, 14011 Brookpark. When police arrived, they found drug paraphernalia, including a syringe and spoon, in the apartment. Officers used Narcan, a heroin-overdose antidote, to revive the man, 61. Paramedics arrived and transported the man to Southwest General Health Center. Police said the man overdosed twice more over the next five days. Both times, his girlfriend used Narcan to revive him. To comment on this post, please visit our crime and courts comments page. 
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Family pens brutally honest obit for man who died of heroin OD
The mother of a New Jersey man who died of a drug overdose hopes a brutally honest obituary will help “conquer the heroin epidemic” that killed her only child. Stephanie Oswald, of Hamilton, said raising addiction awareness will now be the center of her universe in the aftermath of the death of her son, Andrew...
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Pennsylvania county jail investigating 2 inmate overdoses
EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Officials at a western Pennsylvania county jail are investigating two inmate drug overdoses in recent days.
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Cops: Woman sold heroin that led to sister's fatal overdose
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont woman has denied charges she sold the heroin that led to her sister's fatal overdose last year. Twenty-eight-year-old Emily Welch pleaded not guilty Thursday in Bennington to a felony count of selling heroin with a death resulting and other offenses. She was ordered held ...
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Fentanyl key in city's fatal overdose cluster of 35 in Dec., report says

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Amid opioid overdoses, Ohio coroner’s office runs out of room for bodies
The bodies just keep arriving. On Thursday, only two days into February, the coroner’s office in Dayton, Ohio, had already handled 25 deaths — 18 caused by drug overdoses. In January, the office processed 145 cases in which the victims’ bodies had been destroyed by opioids.
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N.H. joins multi-state lawsuit against maker of addiction treatment drug Suboxone
The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office has joined 41 other state attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against the makers of Suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat opioid addiction.The antitrust lawsuit accuses Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, now known as Indivior, of conspiring with an...
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Cops believe bad heroin fueled nearly 50 Philly overdoses
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia police say they're trying to determine if a bad batch of heroin or another drug is responsible for nearly 50 overdoses in the city in one day. WCAU-TV ( ) reports the overdoses were occurred Thursday, mostly in an area nicknamed The Badlands because of its ...
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Man pleads guilty to sex trafficking in teen overdose death
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to charges he prostituted a 17-year-old girl and distributed the heroin that led to her fatal overdose. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 40-year-old Ramon Gomez, of Uncasville, pleaded guilty Thursday to sex trafficking of a minor and possession with ...
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Uber driver delivers Ohio overdose victim to police station
ROCKY RIVER, Ohio (AP) - Police say a man who overdosed on heroin was revived by firefighters after a driver with the app-based, ride-hailing service Uber delivered him to a police station outside of Cleveland. reports ( ) the Uber driver took the 42-year-old passenger to the Rocky River ...
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Uber driver takes man to Rocky River police station after heroin overdose
An Uber driver took a passenger to the Rocky River police station Tuesday to be treated for a heroin overdose, police said. ROCKY RIVER, Ohio -- An Uber driver took a passenger to the Rocky River police station Tuesday after the passenger overdosed on heroin in the car, police said. Rocky River firefighters used Narcan, a life-saving opioid overdose antidote, to resuscitate the 42-year-old passenger just after 2 p.m., police Chief Kelly J. Stillman said. "Sure enough when we got out there, he was dead, blue, not breathing and no heartbeat," he said. "We immediately dragged him out of the vehicle and started working on him in the parking lot." Firefighters also used an automatic external defibrillator to revive the passenger before taking him to the hospital. It isn't clear where or when the man used heroin. The passenger could be charged after the investigation is completed. Officers found evidence of narcotics in his wallet, Stillman said. The man returned to the police station Wednesday to retrieve his belongings and apologize, police said. To comment on this story, please visit our crime and courts comments page.
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My Turn: ‘Your brain is broken’ were the words heroin addict needed to hear
The first year of my sobriety was like standing in an ice-cold shower, trying to believe that sooner or later the heat would come on. I was in a minefield, and every step I took represented a higher percentage of failure.Some days I just stood still, closed my eyes and wished I had died on the stree...
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Mom, grandma face sentencing in teen's heroin death at hotel
The mother and grandmother of a teen who died from a heroin overdose at an Ohio hotel are scheduled to be sentenced for giving the 16-year-old the drugs that killed him. Prosecutors say the grandmother delivered the drugs that her daughter and a friend used with the teen at a hotel in suburban...
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Overdose deaths continue to climb in Maryland
The number of drug and alcohol related overdose deaths in Maryland in the first half of the year continued their upward trajectory, jumping 50 percent from the same time period last year, according to new data from the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. From January to June, there were...
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Video shows mom overdosing in toy aisle

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FDA asks coders to create an app that matches opioid overdose victims with lifesaving rescue drug
In a bid to stanch the death toll of the nation’s epidemic of opioid drug use, the Food and Drug Administration is calling for the development of a cellphone app that could quickly bring lifesaving medication to the rescue of a person in the throes of a potentially deadly overdose. The FDA on Monday...
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New Highland Park treatment center aims to break cycle of opioid dependence
Paul Getzendanner says that nine out of 10 patients who try to break free from heroin or painkillers relapse, a statistic he feels is partly due to treatment settings that insulate patients from a daily routine. Prior to joining Soft Landing Recovery, Getzendanner worked for two addiction recovery...
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DEA head: Heroin crisis won't be solved just by throwing addicts in prison
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrator Chuck Rosenberg discusses the heroin and fentanyl epidemic that has claimed more than 330 lives this year in Cuyahoga County. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says that the answer to the explosion of deaths attributed to heroin, fentanyl and other powerful opioids isn't as simple as locking the problem away in prison cells. Chuck Rosenberg, the former federal prosecutor who now heads the DEA, made the remark Monday while meeting with a small group of reporters in Cleveland, a city within a county that saw a record number of drug overdose deaths in August.   "I've been saying this ever since I was brand-new (Assistant U.S. Attorney) 25 years ago: we're not going to prosecute or enforce our way out of this mess," he said. "Prosecution is enforcement is a big part of it, but we've got to do a much better job of getting the word out about how dangerous this stuff is." Rosenberg was in Cleveland as his agency is working in tandem with the U.S. Justice Department in launching a multi-faceted effort in treating the overdose epidemic by partnering with local hospitals, rehabilitation clinics and educators to try and inform the public about cutting down on the use of prescription painkillers. Rosenberg said the agency is also urging doctors across the country to cut down on prescribing unnecessary painkillers to patients, who sometimes end up addicted to the drugs or turn to more dangerous forms of opioids, such as heroin, once their prescriptions end.  Rosenberg, appointed in March 2015 by President Barack Obama to lead the DEA, said they're urging less prescriptions and for less pills. He said they're also trying to teach parents that teenagers prescribed painkillers for sports injuries or other ailments don't necessarily have to fill the prescriptions. "You don't have to come home with with 60 pills of substance X or 30 pills of substance Y when five or 10 pills will do," Rosenberg said. "We have to be much more thoughtful and restricted in how we prescribe medication." Heroin's human toll: Akron North High quarterback died from heroin overdose The local task force is also trying to find a way around the provision in Medicaid law called the Institutions for Mental Diseases exclusion which limits federal funding to short-term in-patient service providers with more than 16 beds for people fighting heroin and other drug addictions. The in-patient services are proving more effective in treating heroin addiction than out-patient services, U.S. Attorney Carole Rendon said.  But wait times for beds can take weeks or months since providers tend to stay under the 16-bed limit to keep Medicaid funding.  "Our treatment providers need the ability to treat more people at the same time," Rendon said. "One of the things they want addressed is that exclusion, especially in the midst of this epidemic. As a community we need to figure out a way to do that; as a nation we need to be able to figure out how to do this."   Cuyahoga County recorded a record-high 52 opioid deaths in August and could surpass that total in September, Rendon said. The county is on pace for more than 500 overdose deaths in 2016 and has already surpassed the 2015 record high of 228 deaths. New drugs being cut into the heroin have contributed to the deaths, beginning several years ago with fentanyl, which is about 50 times more potent than heroin. Now, carfentanil, sedative for large animals, is being cut into heroin sold in northeast Ohio. The opioid is between 2,500 and 5,000 times more potent than heroin and has been linked to a dramatic increase in deaths in the Akron area. The drug is trickling into the Cleveland area, with the first two confirmed carfentanil deaths in Cuyahoga County coming in August. Carfentanil is so powerful, Rosenberg said, that even a small amount accidentally inhaled or absorbed through the skin by first responders could be deadly. Rosenberg said they've trained their agents on distributing the opioid overdose remedy Narcan, not so much for victims, but to treat first responders or fellow law enforcement officers who handle the drugs and are the first to arrive to the scene of an overdose death. "We've sent out an alert to all cops, all sheriffs, all first responders about the lethality of handling this or handling something that might contain fentanyl or carfentanil," Rosenberg said. Rendon said the county is dealing with another new drug trend: fentanyl-laced cocaine which resulted in 70 overdose deaths in the county this year. There were 17 cocaine-fentanyl deaths in Cuyahoga County last year, Rendon said. "So if you think you're buying cocaine and it's really a mixture of cocaine and fentanyl, the likelihood of overdose is going to increase exponentially," Rendon said. "We're seeing this crisis change and morph from painkillers, to heroin, to fentanyl to carfentanil and all of these various mixtures." Rosenberg, who went to Toledo later in the day and planned to visit Detroit on Tuesday, said the version of fentanyl sold on the streets first made its deadly mark on the country about 10 years ago. The DEA tracked the source to a single lab in Mexico and shut it down. The drug largely disappeared until several years ago, when dealers in China began making the drug available to dealers across the world via the internet. "Your return on your, I hate to call it an investment, but your investment for fentanyl is many, many times higher," Rosenberg said. "It's easier, cheaper and more plentiful." Tracking online sellers is more complicated and a decline in DEA agents is hindering investigators ability to quickly find the suppliers, Rosenberg said. U.S. dealers are also finding they make more money from users by selling the more potent form of heroin to customers seeking a more powerful high, Rosenberg said. The traffickers also save on costs from not having to grow and cultivate poppy plants that are turned into heroin. "That's why we're also focusing on the demand side," Rosenberg said. Heroin's human toll: young Cleveland mother prescribed painkillers at 16
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US Rep Kuster releases 1st TV ad
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Democratic Congresswoman Annie Kuster has released the first television ad of her re-election campaign on the devastating impact that the heroin and opioid epidemic has on families and communities. In the ad, Susan Messinger, of Holderness, discusses the loss of her son Carl to ...
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Why isn't Chicago's violence crisis treated like suburban heroin epidemic?
We are accustomed to seeing grieving mothers who have lost a son to violence. Hardly a day goes by that we don't come upon a video on a newspaper website, on social media or local TV news of a woman at the scene of a shooting, screaming to hold her child one last time. Her tears are genuine and...
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Heroin overdose deaths in Ohio skyrocket
An Ohio city is experiencing a new spike in deadly heroin overdoses. Authorities say at least eight deaths over the weekend in the Akron area could be from overdoses.
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New wave of heroin overdoses hits Ohio city
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio city is experiencing a new spike in deadly heroin overdoses. Authorities say at least eight deaths this weekend could be from overdoses. The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating. There have also been dozens of other confirmed or possible overdoses. Police say a ...
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24 heroin overdoses in one Ohio city
Ohio authorities reported at least 24 heroin overdoses in Akron as the state battles a drug epidemic.
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Ohio police department's controversial Facebook post of overdosed couple with child in SUV goes viral
Officials in East Liverpool, Ohio shared on Facebook photos of a couple overdosed on heroin in the front seat of an SUV with a child in the backseat. EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- An Eastern Ohio city made national news when it posted on Facebook graphic photographs of an adult couple they say overdosed on heroin in a moving SUV with a young boy in the backseat. The City of East Liverpool posted the photographs and police report of the incident about 5 p.m. Thursday, after the couple, James Acord and Rhonda Pasek, had already appeared in court on child endangering and drug charges. The city acknowledged the photographs would be offensive to some. But the law director, administration and police department said they decided to make the pictures public to depict the ugliness of the state's heroin addiction.  To view the Facebook post and the photographs, click here.  An officer came upon the scene about 3 p.m. Wednesday, the report says, when he spotted Acord driving an SUV erratically. Acord's head bobbed back and forth as he told the officer he was trying to drive Pasek to the hospital, the report says. Acord passed out, and the officer noticed Pasek, who was slumped over and unconscious in the passenger seat, was starting to turn blue. The officer held the woman's head up to keep her airway open, and paramedics got to the scene and revived both Acord and Pasek with the overdose-reversing drug Narcan. The boy, who was 4 years old and the child of one of the adults, sat in the SUV's backseat during the incident. Columbiana County Children's Services took the child. It's unclear if he was turned over to other family members or if he remains in the care of the county. The city said it decided to post the photographs of the scene 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," the city wrote. "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 was shared more than 26,000 times, and was reported on by several national media outlets including Buzzfeed and CNN.  While many of the 4,400 comments on the Facebook post supported the city's post, several people criticized the department for not blurring the child's face in the photographs, and accused the department of trying to shame the parents for their drug addiction. "Can't you blur out the child's face??? I understand the point of showing this but his identity should not be revealed," one use wrote. "When did public notice become public shaming," another user asked. "One of your duties is to protect. Btw shaming these addicts will not get them the help they need." The city said it was prepared to deal with any backlash over the post. "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 post came the same day Cuyahoga County officials announced that August was the deadliest month on record for heroin and fentanyl overdoses.   To comment on this story, please visit Saturday's crime and courts comments page.
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Bad batch of heroin suspected in recent S.I. fatal overdoses
In February, officials launched what they called the Overdose Response Initiative, to address the borough’s long-running narcotics scourge.
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Drug users take advantage of public libraries
The same qualities that make libraries ideal for studying and reading also make them appealing places to shoot up heroin        
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