On Thursday, September 8th, 2016 Ohio police officers posted photographs of a couple and their son on Facebook. The pictures display a woman and man, unconscious in the front seats of their vehicle, and a four-year-old child awake in the back seat. The city police took these pictures after conducting a traffic stop on September 7th; they had noticed the couple’s car weaving between traffic lanes, and upon stopping the car, noticed “the man’s head ‘bobbing back and forth his speech was almost unintelligible.’” James Acord, the driver of the vehicle, informed officers that he was taking the passed out woman, Rhonda Pasek, to a hospital, after which he lost consciousness. An ambulance was called and paramedics administered Narcan, a medication used to block the effects of opioids, particularly during overdose.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on September 20, 2016. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Solomon, Leigh, "Police Use Unconscious Driver and Passenger as Anti-Drug Advertisement" (2016). AELJ Blog. 122.