September 9, 2016 4:18 pm
Updated: September 11, 2016 7:45 am

Ohio police post graphic photo of overdosed parents in SUV with 4-year-old child in backseat

WATCH ABOVE: The photo of a man and a woman passed out in the front seat of a vehicle while a 4-year-old is strapped in a car seat in the back is raising a lot of eyebrows, and a lot of questions. The Ohio police department that released this picture says they had to release the photo to show the real face of addiction, but experts say public shaming isn't the answer. Mike LeCouteur reports.

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EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio — An Ohio police department says it’s trying to show the impact of the heroin and painkiller epidemic by sharing photos of a 4-year-old boy sitting in a vehicle behind slumped-over adults who were later revived with an overdose antidote.

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East Liverpool police say in a Facebook message they’re sorry if people are offended but they want the public to see what happens and they want to be a voice for the boy who witnessed the scene.

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“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,” said the city in the Facebook post.

“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.”

Police say an officer watched the vehicle weave erratically and stop, then approached and noticed signs the driver was impaired. The officer says the driver indicated he was taking his unconscious female passenger to a hospital, then became unresponsive himself.

Ohio police have released a graphic photo of a couple overdosing on heroin with a four-year-old boy in the car.

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The officer called paramedics, who revived the pair.

WATCH: Graphic photos show parents overdosed in car with their child in the backseat. Jessica Haberley reports. 

“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 said in a statement.

They are facing child-endangering charges among others.

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