Kids Become Collateral Damage In Opioid Crises As Accidental Exposures Rise

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 12:24pm
Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 12:27pm
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Last week, the Glendale Police Department arrested a man on two counts of felony child abuse after a 4-year-old girl he was watching died.

A toxicology report later revealed she had fentanyl in her system. It’s one of the most potent forms of opioids we’ve seen emerge since the opioid epidemic began.

For more on how common this is — and often children become the collateral damage in the battle against opioids — The Show sat down with Dr. Daniel Brooks, the medical director of Banner’s Poison and Drug Information Center.

Brooks said they track these kinds of accidental overdoses here in the United States, as well as the state — and they’re increasing.

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