20 Ocak 2017 Cuma Breaking News             Latest US News            New York

Meet 'Bridges,' a computer that beats you at poker while decoding your genome
WINNIPEG—Two parents are in police custody facing several charges after their baby boy suffered a possible overdose of the powerful opioid fentanyl.Const. Jason Michalyshen said paramedics were called to a Winnipeg home last week and found the nine-month-old...

Winnipeg parents arrested after baby boy suffers possible fentanyl overdose | Toronto Star

WINNIPEG—Two parents are in police custody facing several charges after their baby boy suffered a possible overdose of the powerful opioid fentanyl.Const. Jason Michalyshen said paramedics were called to a Winnipeg home last week and found the nine-month-old...

Winnipeg parents arrested after baby boy suffers possible fentanyl overdose  | Toronto Star

WINNIPEG—Two parents are in police custody facing several charges after their baby boy suffered a possible overdose of the powerful opioid fentanyl.

Const. Jason Michalyshen said paramedics were called to a Winnipeg home last week and found the nine-month-old in critical condition. Officers also found a powder which they believed to be fentanyl.

He said a search of the home found 285 grams of suspected fentanyl powder, along with a cutting agent and other contaminated paraphernalia, Michalyshen said.

The biological parents — a 33 year-old man and 32-year-old woman who police are not naming — have been charged with failure to provide the necessities of life, causing bodily harm by criminal negligence and drug trafficking, Michalyshen said.

The baby boy has been upgraded to stable and is in care, he said.

The child’s life was probably saved by officers, who immediately noted the presence of fentanyl in the home, which allowed him to be properly treated with an antidote, he said.

“Limited information was being provided to us,” Michalyshen said Tuesday. “This was not something that was divulged to officers, investigators, emergency personnel, that the child’s situation may be as a result of drug or a substance within the home.”

Although the baby’s condition improved immediately following the antidote, Michalyshen said police are still waiting for confirmation from Health Canada that the drug they found is fentanyl.

The investigation is continuing. Michalyshen said it’s still not entirely clear how the baby came into contact with the drug.

“Obviously a nine-month-old child is not walking around, typically, and would not necessarily have access to something like this,” he said.

“The child may have had inadvertent contact with what we believe to be fentanyl. This might be from hand-to-hand contact or clothing to the child or other items — a bottle, a toy.”

Police and health officials say fentanyl poses a serious threat to public safety across North America. The opioid is used as a painkiller for terminally ill cancer patients and is 100 times more powerful than heroin.

Just a tiny amount of residue would be enough to hurt a young child with developing lungs, Michalyshen said.

“The effects, potentially, are fatal,” he said. “It takes the risk to a completely other level where you have an innocent child who is subjected to and potentially has contact with such a potent and such a hazardous substance.

“The effects and the ultimate outcomes can be so incredibly tragic ... Now young children are being impacted as a result of those poor choices and decisions.”

Matthew Young, a drug use expert with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, said a fentanyl overdose shuts down the area of the brain that controls breathing. It can then cause brain damage or death.

A smaller amount of fentanyl would be toxic for a child compared to an adult, he added. Depending on whether or not fentanyl is in its pure form, he said simply touching the drug could mean exposure.

Vancouver police said last month that three officers had experienced overdose symptoms after handling fentanyl or exhibits contaminated with the opioid. Officers and support staff were to start carrying the nasal-spray form of an antidote called naloxone.

Our editors found this article on this site using Google and regenerated it for our readers.

Breaking News Headlines

Michael Keaton is ‘having a ball’ playing McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc in The Founder | Toronto Star
Michael Keaton is ‘having a ball’ playing McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc in The Founder | Toronto Star
The five sickest action scenes from Vin Diesel’s new ‘xXx’
The five sickest action scenes from Vin Diesel’s new ‘xXx’
‘Lethal Weapon’ Spoilers: ‘American Idol’ Alum Aubrey Cleland To Play RJ’s Girlfriend In Episode 13?
‘Lethal Weapon’ Spoilers: ‘American Idol’ Alum Aubrey Cleland To Play RJ’s Girlfriend In Episode 13?
‘Suits’ Star Patrick J. Adams Reveals Why Directing Season 6, Episode 11 Felt ‘Strange’
‘Suits’ Star Patrick J. Adams Reveals Why Directing Season 6, Episode 11 Felt ‘Strange’
21 Savage Talks About His Obsession With Kylie Jenner: ‘She Shot Me Down’
21 Savage Talks About His Obsession With Kylie Jenner: ‘She Shot Me Down’
Samsung to announce cause of Galaxy Note 7 fire on Jan. 23
Samsung to announce cause of Galaxy Note 7 fire on Jan. 23
'Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild' Will Be The Last First-Party Game For Wii U
'Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild' Will Be The Last First-Party Game For Wii U
Rain forces North Coast vineyard workers to hustle on pruning duties
Rain forces North Coast vineyard workers to hustle on pruning duties
Miguel Ferrer, star of 'RoboCop' and 'Twin Peaks,' dies at 61
Miguel Ferrer, star of 'RoboCop' and 'Twin Peaks,' dies at 61
Auguste Rodin exhibit, 'Rent,' ballet and more: Arts Best Bets Jan 20-26
Auguste Rodin exhibit, 'Rent,' ballet and more: Arts Best Bets Jan 20-26
Twitter Reportedly Testing New Layout With Timeline-Like Format For Moments
Twitter Reportedly Testing New Layout With Timeline-Like Format For Moments
Rare photo of Frederic Chopin probably found | Toronto Star
Rare photo of Frederic Chopin probably found  | Toronto Star
NEWS ARCHIVES