Children under the age of 5 are becoming another group of victims in the Nation's opioid epidemic. Curious toddlers are finding the drugs in their Mother's purse, accidently dropped on the floor, or when a parent fails to secure the child-resistant cap on a prescription bottle. Death can come swiftly if a 35 pound toddler chews and swallows an opioid. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14 children under the age of 5 died after ingesting opioids in the year 2000. That number climbed to 51 by the year 2015. On several occasions, the drug that caused the death was Methadone.
In June of 2016, a mother in New Britain, Connecticut was convicted of Second Degree Murder in the death of her 2 year old daughter. The mother knew the child had swallowed the pill but did nothing about it. An older sibling in the home called 911. The mother was sentenced to 10 years in prison with an additional 10 years of probation. Another case in Portland, Oregon, an Uncle of a 5 year old is currently in prison on charges of Second Degree Murder after his nephew found a pill in the back seat of his car.
Source: Associated Press via FoxNews.com