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Toronto toddlers hospitalized

Children may have ingested drug used to treat opiate addictions

February 22, 2014
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

TORONTO - Two city children, ages 2 and 4, are hospitalized at Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital today after possibly ingesting a drug Thursday used to treat those with opiate addictions, according to City Police.

The names of the juveniles aren't being released, and their condition was unknown as of Friday night. Police and the TEMS Joint Ambulance District received a call at about 1:53 p.m. Thursday to Apartment 11, 1325 N. Fourth St., according to Capt. Rick Parker. He said they were told by parents of the children the two juveniles had ingested suboxone, a drug used to treat those suffering from opiate addiction, according to Parker.

"One of the children was transported by medical ambulance to Trinity West (Medical Center), while the other was flown to Pittsburgh by medical helicopter," said Parker, adding the other child eventually also was transported by ambulance to Children's Hospital. Parker said he'd called the hospital, but was given no word as to their condition.

Parker said so far there had been no arrests, and the investigation into the incident was ongoing.

"The only interview (with the parents) was done on-scene," said Parker, adding police have been unable to interview the parents since they have been at Children's Hospital. "One of the (inhabitants) at the house admitted he was a heroin addict, and he had a legal prescription for the drug. (The juveniles) opened the package, so they must have seen (the individual) do it at one time."

Parker said any action regarding the children was up to Jefferson County Children's Services, and any prosecution would be up to the Jefferson County prosecutor.

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