Couple survived a heroin overdose, according to the City of East Liverpool Police Department.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
September 9, 2016
City of East Liverpool, Ohio – On Wednesday, East Liverpool Police Officer Kevin Thompson noticed a man driving a Ford Explorer very erratic and weaving including crossing over the yellow center line of the street and ending on the road side. When Officer Thompson approached the vehicle, he noticed that James Lee Acord, 47, was under the influence of an intoxicant and Acord told the officer that he was taking the passenger, Rhonda L. Pasek, 50, to the hospital. At that moment, Acord became unconscious and the officer also noticed that Pasek was unconscious as well and saw a 4-year-old male child in the back seat of the SUV.
The officer kept Pasek’s airway cleared and an ambulance was called to the scene. The Lifeteam EMS arrived and administered Narcan to both Acord and Pasek to reverse an opiate overdose. Police found a yellow piece of folded paper with a pink powdery substance that later turned out to be heroin in the front passenger’s side, according to test results.
Both Acord and Pasek were transported to the East Liverpool City Hospital for evaluation, the two survived an overdose.
Acord was charged with endangering children-OVI and slowing and stopping in a roadway. Pasek was charged with endangering children, a seat belt violation and public intoxication.
Pasek’s son was placed with the Columbiana County Children’s Services.
The East Liverpool Police Department and City administrators released the photos in an attempt to show the other side of the story involving victims, especially children in a heroin overdose and to keep other drug users from doing the same thing.