Toddlers Are the Littlest Opioid Epidemic Victims
The number of children under age 5 who died after ingesting opioids rose by a factor of 10 between 2000 and 2015. Last year, four children died this way in Milwaukee County, WI, alone and another died there in January. Children may find a loose pill that was dropped accidentally or get their hands on an open pill vial. The Associated Press published a feature that looks at three cases where a young child died after swallowing opioids like methadone or Suboxone.
Ehlke G. Some of the youngest opioid victims are curious toddlers. Associated Press. March 23, 2017.