A heartbreaking image of a Woonsocket man suffering from an apparent overdose with a young child in the back seat of his car is drawing strong opinions about the direction of the opioid epidemic.

North Smithfield Police said 33 year-old Michael Krajczynski overdosed while a young child was in the back seat of his car last Friday and it took four doses of Narcan to wake him up.

Authorities released the image to drive home how serious the crisis is.

But recovery advocate Haley McKee said the image should've never been made public because Krajczynski was suffering from a medical emergency.

"We're not quick to broadcast somebody when they're having a heart attack on the side of the road," she said. "Nobody is feeling worse today than the person that experienced that medical emergency."

Speaking generally, McKee said shaming addicts and overdose victims makes others experiencing problems less likely to come forward for help.

"I would just say to the North Smithfield Police Department that used this to try and draw awareness to this epidemic, we tried scare tactics before and they do not work," McKee said.

McKee would like more focus on recovery efforts for victims, but Lieutenant Jon Pascua with the Coventry Fire Department said pictures like that help drive home the realities of the opioid epidemic.

"It's just growing and it's getting worse," Pascua said.

In fact, Pascua said it's getting so bad that Krajczynski's four doses of Narcan is actually pretty common.

"With more powerful versions of Fentanyl and sometimes higher concentrations of Fentanyl, people are receiving sometimes up to eight milligrams of Narcan in IV, which is significant," he said.

To put that in perspective, Pascua said Narcan doses usually range between two and four milligrams.

Social media has also been buzzing about who will pay for Krajczynski's doses of Narcan.

Pascua said overdose victims have to foot the bill, which usually costs between $1,000 and $1,500.

McKee said addicts can have easier access to Narcan through RICares.