You may want to think twice before sharing drug overdose photos


"(CNN)It was a well-intentioned attempt to show the disturbing effects of drug addiction, a common strategy among law enforcement agencies.

Officials in East Liverpool, Ohio, released photos of a man and woman slumped over in the driver and passenger seats of a car, pale and unconscious from a heroin overdose. The woman's grandson sits in the back seat, face visible for the world to see.

    The images spread through the Internet, inspiring a Wisconsin woman to share a similar scene with a local television station. Video taken on the woman's cell phone shows a couple passed out in a car from a drug overdose with a toddler in the back seat. Another clip follows of them lying on a grassy sidewalk as Milwaukee firefighters revive them. 

    There's no doubt the images are disturbing. But can any good come from sharing them?"

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