There’s a huge problem with that viral photo being spread of the two adults passed out from a heroin overdose with a child in the background. The police department that snapped these photos offered no real solutions to the heroin epidemic. They didn’t provide any links, phone numbers, or other resources to help those in need. They don’t address the dozens of things that need to be addressed especially how law enforcement contributes to the cycle. From the post:
“It is time that the non drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis. 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.”
Right… so all I’m getting from this stunt is that you want people to pat you on the back for being heroes and elevate your egos at the expense of a child’s pain. Addiction and those it harms is fucking real, they don’t need you to plaster their uncensored photo all over the internet. That child doesn’t need his photo to be shown to the world - his privacy was never even considered before his pain was posted for the whole world to weigh in on.
Honestly the officers can say all day that they posted the photos to raise awareness or whatever bullshit they’re claiming but they were too busy praising themselves to actually bother posting resources or anything of substance. Like, you don’t have to post these images to start a conversation on child neglect and/or addiction. Doctors, nurses, EMTs, social workers, therapists, rehab workers, and a dozen other professions directly interact with addicts too and yet they manage to keep themselves from posting pictures like this every time they do their job.