Heroin-addict mother is found passed out in the front sear of her car with her one-year-old son in the back seat
- Alyssa Bazala, 25, was found unconscious from heroin in the front seat of her car at a gas station while her one-year-old son was in the back
- Police found several stamp bags of heroin - including in baby's diaper bag
- A hypodermic needle was also found in a bag that Bazala was holding
- Bazala was arrested and her son is now in the care of his grandmother
A Pennsylvania mother has been arrested after police found her passed out from heroin in the driver seat of her car - with her baby in the back seat.
Alyssa Bazala, 25, was found at around 3am on Thursday, unconscious in her car with the engine still running at a Speedway gas station on East Fifth Avenue, Pennsylvania.
The officer who came across her in the front seat 'in a daze' with her one-year-old son in the back seat, WPXI reports.
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Alyssa Bazala has been arrested after police found her passed out from heroin in the driver seat of her car - with her baby in the back seat
Police say that they knocked on the windows but when Bazala came to she seemed confused and took an entire minute to open the door.
When she did finally open the car, they noticed she was holding a bag.
When confronted, she admitted there was 'nothing good' inside.
Officers opened the bag to find several empty heroin stamp bags and a hypodermic needle, according to reports.
Bazala's one-year-old son (pictured) was in the back seat of the car while his mother got high in the front seat. He is now in the care of his grandparents
Bazala, 25, was found at around 3am on Thursday, unconscious in her car with the engine still running at a Speedway gas station on East Fifth Avenue, Pennsylvania
Police also found ten suspected stamp bags of heroin in Bazla's hoodie pocket and five empty heroin stamp bags stashed in the baby's diaper bag.
Bazala was arrested and her son was initially take to hospital to be checked over. He is now in the care of his grandmother.
The mother is due in court on October.
The sad case is the latest in a shocking heroin epidemic which has gripped America.
In June, a report from the United Nations warned of a heroin epidemic gripping America with cheap supply helping push the number of users to a 20-year high.
In recent months authorities have said they are coping with an abnormal spike in the number of overdoses after heroin cut with elephant tranquilizer 10,000 times more powerful than morphine was being taken.
A crowd can be heard standing around and laughing in shocking footage that has emerged of bystanders laughing at a couple falling unconscious in Memphis after overdosing on heroin
Last week footage emerged of bystanders laughing at a married couple as they fell unconscious in the street in broad daylight after overdosing on heroin.
The video showed a husband and wife writhing on the floor after snorting the drug in the bathroom of a nearby Walgreens before they pass out in the street in Memphis, Tennessee.
Paramedics eventually arrived on the scene and revived Carla Hiers, 59, and her partner, who are both long-time drug addicts. She is seen on her knees before she loses consciousness. Her partner passes out while bent backwards over a bench.
In another case a daughter live streamed her parents on a 'heroin binge' after she returns home to find them wasted in front of the TV.
The footage, shot in America, reveals the daughter and a man, whose connection to the couple is unknown, trying to wake the pair up as they slump in front of the TV.
Dressed in a tie dye T-shirt, the mother can be seen in a close-up shot at the start of the video looking completely spaced out, unable to look at the camera as her daughter desperately attempts to bring her round.
Both parents are in a horrendous state in the video, seemingly because they are high on heroin
Perhaps the most shocking image of the summer showed a couple slumped, passed out in their car with a four-year-old boy looking on from the back seat.
The image was shared on social media by Ohio police in a bid to raise awareness of 'this horrible drug'.
The woman, 50-year-old Rhonda Pasek, who became known as 'heroin grandma', was sentenced to 180 days in jail after pleading no contest to child endangering. Her boyfriend James Acord received 360 days in jail for child endangering and operating a vehicle under the influence.
In an emotional jailhouse interview with DailyMail.com, Pasek insisted she was not on heroin and that she had drunk a single bottle of Redd's Blueberry Ale and took part of what she thought was a Percocet-like painkiller because she was feeling so bad.
'This horrible drug': Ohio police shared this distressing photograph on social media. It shows Rhonda Pasek and her boyfriend James Acord passed out in their vehicle while Pasek's four-year-old grandson looks on from the back seat. Both were jailed after pleading guilty to charges of child endangering
She said: 'I made the worst mistake of my life. I'll be paying for this until the day I die.
'I know how wrong I was and there is no taking it back. I take full responsiblity.
When asked about the allegations of heroin, Pasek rolled up the sleeves of her dark green prison uniform and showed her arms which had no sign of any trackmarks.
Her public defender also told the local newspaper The Review that Pasek had tested negative for heroin and said no syringes were found in the car.
OPIOID OVERDOSES IN US REACH EPIDEMIC LEVELS FORCING FEDERAL AND STATE GOVENRMENTS TO TAKE ACTION
Addiction to opioids such as heroin, morphine, fentanyl and codeine in the US has reached the proportions of a full-blown epidemic in recent years, with states like Ohio reporting a dramatic spike in drug-related deaths.
Prescription opioid painkillers can have effects similar to heroin, and research suggests that abuse of these drugs may be a gateway to heroin addiction.
For decades, heroin was considered the drug of choice of low-income youths living in inner-city neighborhoods because it was readily available and cheap. Now, it is affecting suburban middle-class white adults.
A study published in JAMA Psychiatry in 2014 found that the dramatic shift in demographics is likely linked to the growing availability of and demand for prescription opioids.
Nearly half of young people who inject heroin surveyed in three other recent studies reported abusing prescription opioids before starting to use heroin. Some individuals reported taking up heroin because it is cheaper and easier to obtain than prescription opioids.
A record 47,055 people died from drug overdoses in the US in 2014, according to the latest figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number was up 7 per cent from 2013, spurred by large increases in heroin and opioid painkiller deaths.
In Ohio, which has been among the states hardest hit by the overdose epidemic, there were 3,000 unintentional drug overdoses last year, at an average of eight per day, according to information from the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Over one-third of those accidental deaths were caused by the powerful opioid fentanyl, which more than doubled from the previous year and increased from just 75 in 2012.
Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor this week called on the state House of Representatives to pass a package of reforms aimed at curbing the opioid abuse, which passed in the state Senate.
One provision increases access to the drug naloxone, known by the brand name Narcan, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose within minutes.
Paramedics working in the state last year administered nearly 19,800 doses of naloxone, which can be sold by pharmacists without a prescription under changes made in 2015.
Last month, the Obama administration announced that it will spend $17million to help law enforcement agencies deal with the increase in heroin and opioid abuse.
The administration said the spending will support an array of projects to disrupt drug trafficking, increase the use of the drug naloxone to reverse overdoses and train medical providers on safe prescribing practices.
Congress has approved legislation aimed at curbing heroin and opioid drugs. Obama signed the bill into law in July, but the president said he was deeply disappointed about funding levels.
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