Heroin epidemic causes strife, pain across Northeast Ohio

The impact of the heroin epidemic

AKRON - The heroin epidemic is causing so much strife and pain.

Akron experienced four overdoses at one house just on Friday evening.

But the problem is so much bigger.

It impacts so many not just in Northeast Ohio, but across the country.

Police suspected an overdose is to blame after a truck slid backward after crashing and catching on fire.

The incident happened at Chapel Hill Mall around 6:15 p.m. Friday, sources say.

After hitting the yellow post, the car rolled backward, crashed, and caught on fire.

The driver inside was passed out and had to be pulled from the inferno.

A few minutes away, in the same city of Akron, police say four adults overdosed at the same house.

A three-year old child went missing from the home while everyone was passed out.

Quick thinking by an off-duty Ohio police officer in East Liverpool may have averted tragedy after a couple overdosed while on the road with a four-year-old in the back seat.

The East Liverpool Police Department put up a picture of driver James Acord and mother Rhonda Pasek passed out in the front seat.

They were found by patrolman kevin thompson.

He noticed the car moving erratically and decided to follow them.

As he followed them down a hill, they skidded to a stop by a school bus that was dropping kids off.

By the time Thompson approached the vehicle, the couple was slumped over, with a 4 year old in the back.

First responders revived them with the anti-overdose drug nalaxone and police took care of the child.

He is now in the care of a neighbor.

As for the couple, Acord was sentenced to 360 days in jail, lost his license for three years and was ordered to pay $475.

Pasek is awaiting trial on child endangerment charges and is under $150,000 bond.

Police say they released the photos to show the effects that drugs can have on innocent children.
 


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