Parents Respond to This Haunting Photo of Drug Addiction with the ‘Other Side’: Recovery

Last week, the East Liverpool, Ohio Police Department shared haunting photos of a scene which they responded to.

The photos show two adults in the front seat, passed out and unresponsive after overdosing on heroin. In the back seat, their four-year-old son sits quietly and keeps to himself.

Warning Graphic Content!The city Police department recently responded to a call of an incapacitated driver, attached…

Posted by City of East Liverpool, Ohio on Thursday, September 8, 2016

The police department explained that they shared the photos because they wanted to show the “other side of this drug”:

“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.”

On Saturday, William D. Smith Jr. responded to those photos in a Facebook post. He shares a photo of himself, his partner Anna Mullins, and their daughter Layla.

The East Liverpool Police Department posted an image attempting to show “the other side” of addiction. In reality, the…

Posted by William D. Smith Jr on Saturday, September 10, 2016

Smith explains his and Mullins’s “other side of addiction.” He writes, in part:

“The East Liverpool Police Department posted an image attempting to show ‘the other side’ of addiction. In reality, the photo posted was the devastating side of addiction too many of us see far too often. The #OtherSideOfAddiction the public needs to see is #Recovery. We are William Smith and Anna Mullins and this is our daughter Layla, from New Jersey. We are 2 of the more than 23 million Americans and their families in recovery from addiction.”

Opioid drug abuse is undoubtedly increasing at an alarming rate in the United States. Sadly, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of opioid-related overdose deaths has quadrupled since 1999.

But, like Smith points out, there is another side of addiction: Recovery. Like Smith and Mullins, there are more than twenty-three million people in recovery in the United States right now.

Smith’s photo brings hope to those who are struggling, showing them there is another side to all of the madness.

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