We like to keep it light on this show whenever we can… well, at least sometimes. This week, as we were looking at the news trying to decide on a topic, it seemed every headline was about either Trump or Clinton. Folks, for a couple of weeks, we’re bored with these politicians. There was one non-political story that kept grabbing my attention – the couple in Ohio who were passed out on heroin while a 4-year-old sat in the back seat. That’s the topic of conversation on this episode of Beer & Bros. Click play and have a listen.
On a Wednesday afternoon in September, an off-duty police officer sees a black SUV driving erratically and nearly hit a school bus. East Liverpool, OH officer Kevin Thompson pulled in behind the Ford Explorer and approached the driver. He soon noticed that the front passenger, Rhonda Pasek, was passed out and the driver, James Acord was barely conscious himself. Acord’s head was bobbing as he told Thompson that he was taking Pasek to the hospital. Then, Acord was unconscious as well. A 4-year-old boy, Pasek’s grandson, was sitting in the back seat.
Officer Thompson photographed the couple, documenting the scene. This has since turned into a point of debate – should he have posted the photo which clearly showed the boy’s face? He say s he did so to help drive home the point of how dangerous heroin is. It is, after all, gaining popularity in Ohio and other parts of the country.
Pasek was turning blue, so Thompson tried to clear her airway so that she would not die before paramedics could arrive. Once paramedics were on the scene, Narcan was administered, and the two became responsive before being taken for evaluation and eventual incarceration.
According to Pasek’s sister, she had fought for more than two years to gain custody of her grandson. She wanted to save him from a bad situation. Just six weeks after attaining legal custody, she was arrested for child endangerment, among other things. She has pleaded not guilty.
Acord pleaded no contest to his charges and is serving 360 days in jail.
Have a listen as Lyle and I discuss this situation, parenting rights and privileges, and we ponder how someone could get to the point where they would feel they need something as strong as heroin to relax or escape.