Opioid use is fast becoming an epidemic and responsible for most cases of drug overdose in the United States.
A 7-year-old girl in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania spent the most part of Monday morning trying to wake up her parents.
She carried on with usual events of the day, getting ready and living for school. She kept her worries to herself until the ride home when she revealed to the bus driver that she couldn’t rouse the adults in her home.
The authorities were immediately notified and the police found the bodies of Christopher Dilly, 26, and Jessica Lally, 25, dead of suspected drug overdose.
The police also found three other children inside the home of ages five, three and nine months. The children were unharmed but still taken to a hospital to be checked out. They will then be placed with the county’s department of children, youth and families.
Health officials confirmed that the adults died of opioid overdose.
Authorities told reporters that the double overdose incident at the 7-year-old girl’s home was the second they had responded to on that block in less than a day.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has nearly quadrupled since 1999.
Opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers, killed more than 28,000 people nationwide in 2014, the largest recorded.
Behind the death statistics are the devastated communities, families and most especially the children like the 7-year-old affected by their parents’ addictions.
Some weeks ago, a video of a toddler crying and pulling her unconscious mother in a store went viral. The mother, who later survived the ordeal, had overdosed and collapsed in the store aisle.
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The woman was charged with child endangerment while her daughter was placed under the care of child protective services.