Mar 12, 2024 - News

Alarming stat: 108

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In the last decade, 108 North Carolina children died from fentanyl overdoses, the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force reported during a recent meeting, Axios' Katie Peralta Soloff writes.

  • About 30 were babies, the data shows.

What they're saying: "We have older individuals that are using the drug recreationally, either knowingly or unknowingly, and toddlers and infants that are finding the drug through exploration," chief toxicologist Sandra Bishop-Freeman of the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said, according to WNCN.

Between the lines: The task force said pediatric fentanyl deaths are on the rise in recent years.

  • Having Narcan — an opioid overdose reversal drug — on hand can help prevent overdoses from being fatal.

Related: How to talk to your kids about fentanyl

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