The disturbing photographs were published by a small police department in the US state of Ohio, which claimed it represents what their force deals with on a daily basis.
James Acord, who was behind the wheel, was stopped for driving erratically and lost consciousness soon after he talked to an officer.
Police records show Rhonda Pasek, the female passenger, had already passed out and was “turning blue” when ambulances arrived.
Both reportedly received several rounds of a drug called Narcan, which is commonly used to reverse an opiate overdose.
The young boy, who was Pasek’s son, was placed in the custody of social services.
Explaining its decision to release the images, which have gone viral, the City of East Liverpool said: “We feel it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug.
“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.
“It is time the non-drug-using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis.”
The couple were charged with several offences, including endangering a child.
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