"Enough already. People need to know what is happening. This picture is graphic, it's disturbing. I need people to get upset and help us take back the streets. I need the presidential candidates to look at this and tell me what they will do to fix it."
When the couple was initially pulled over, the driver was barely conscious long enough to explain to police where he was going. The woman in the passenger seat was slumped over from the heroin overdose and turning blue. Paramedics were called to the scene and administered Narcan, a medication used to rapidly reverse opiate overdoses. Opiates, such as heroin and certain other natural-based pain medications, can cause respiratory suppression, often severe enough to result in death. Narcan, also called "naloxone," is an antidote, in a manner of speaking. Both adults were revived and then taken to a local hospital for evaluation and further treatment, and were then released into the custody of police.
When the city made the decision to post the graphic photos publicly, several news stations requested the photos. City officials released them, hoping that by viewing them, the public will be more aware of the ugly side of narcotics use. When the city posted the heroin overdose photos on their Facebook page, they also posted a statement.
"It is time that the non drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis. We feel we need to be a voice for the children caught up in this horrible mess. 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."
Brian Allen, director of public safety, says he wants people to understand what the front lines of the narcotic epidemic in their area actually look like. Officials and rescue personnel are responding to overdoses on a daily basis, and it's hard for them to see it. He hopes seeing the graphic photos of heroin overdose will make a difference.
"Sometimes the truth is hard to see, and that's what this photo is. The truth."