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Alyssa Bazala heroin mom passes out with toddler in back seat of car

Alyssa Bazala
Pictured, Alyssa Bazala. Image via Facebook.
Alyssa Bazala
Pictured, Alyssa Bazala. Image via Facebook.

Alyssa Bazala heroin overdosed. How one mother’s dependency on heroin led to her endangering her child as she is arrested after public incident.

Alyssa Bazala a 25 year old Irwin, Pennsylvania mother has been arrested after police found the woman passed out from heroin in the driver seat of her car with her one year old baby in the back seat.

The mother’s arrest came last Thursday, circa 3am after cops spotted the mom unconscious in her car with the engine still running at a Speedway gas station on East Fifth Avenue.

According to a report via WPXI the intervening officer told of finding Bazala ‘in a daze’ with her one year old son 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.

Police also found ten suspected stamp bags of heroin in Alyssa Bazala’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. 

Not necessarily understood is if friends and family were aware of the woman’s dire drug dependency and whether social service agencies had attempted to make any overtures on behalf of the mother’s child?

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The incident is the latest in a heroin epidemic gripping the US.

In June, a report via reuters cited the United Nations warning 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.  

One of the most disconcerting cases came earlier this summer, when City of East Liverpool, Ohio police released images of a couple slumped, passed out in their car with a four-year-old boy looking on from the back seat.

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. 

Alyssa Bazala
Pictured, Alyssa Bazala. To the left, police bookings photo.
Alyssa Bazala
Alyssa Bazala’s one year old son. Image via Facebook.
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  • youngcanoli

    Harm reduction is what is needed. Stop the drug war with objective of shutting down the black market. The drug war has failed. The drug war is driving the problems, not fixing them. Decriminalization/legalization is necessary, it needs to be backed up with public health announcements explaining exactly why it is needed. Its not in any way condoning the abuse of addictors, it is done bc the alternative, the drug war, has made things infinitely worse on almost every level, to include making drugs abundantly available to any & all that wants them.
    We need to pull LE out of the drug biz – that will free up a lot of resources currently chasing their collective tails. When the laws create more harm and cause more damage than they prevent, its time to change the laws. The $1 TRILLION so-called war on drugs is a massive big government failure – on nearly every single level. Its way past time to put the cartels & black market drug dealers out of business. Mass incarceration has failed. We cant even keep drugs out of a contained & controlled environment like prison.
    We need the science of addiction causation to guide prevention, treatment, recovery & public policies. Otherwise, things will inexorably just continue to worsen & no progress will be made. Addiction causation research has continued to show that some people (suffering with addiction) have a “hypo-active endogenous opioid/reward system.” This is the (real) brain disease, making addiction a symptom, not a disease itself. One disease, one pathology. Policy must be made reflecting addiction(s) as a health issue.
    The war on drugs is an apotheosis of the largest & longest war failure in history. It actually exposes our children to more harm & risk and does not protect them whatsoever. In all actuality, the war on drugs is nothing more than an international projection of a domestic psychosis. It is not the “great child protection act,” its actually the complete opposite.
    The lesson is clear: Drug laws do not stop people from harming themselves, but they do cause addicts to commit crimes and harm others. We need a new approach that decriminalizes the disease. We must protect society from the collateral damage of addiction and stop waging war on ourselves. We need common sense harm reduction approaches desperately. MAT (medication assisted treatment) and HAT (heroin assisted treatment) must be available options. Of course, MJ should not be a sched drug at all.
    Every human being is precious, worthy of love and belonging, and deserves opportunities to fulfill his or her potential regardless of past trauma, mental and emotional anguish, addictive behaviors or mistakes made.