EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio - An Ohio city is standing up as a voice for children caught amid the horrific heroin epidemic.
The City of East Liverpool posted the photos on its Facebook page on Thursday. The photos show two unconscious adults with a 4-year-old boy in the back seat.
"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 city posted that the photos may be offensive, but they convey a message that needs expressed.
"...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 boy was placed with children's services.