KTAR News –
PHOENIX – As the opioid epidemic continues to surge, firefighters in Phoenix have responded to more 911 calls involving accidental overdoses in children.
“We use the word fentanyl a lot when talking about this epidemic, but remember all the other pain pills are opioids as well – you absolutely have to treat that like poison in your home,” Capt. Rob McDade told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Wednesday.
Earlier this week, a 1-year-old girl was hospitalized in extremely critical condition after swallowing an unknown pill at a Phoenix hotel.
Phoenix Fire Department officials said paramedics responded to the hotel near 44th and Van Buren streets at about 8:30 a.m. The baby was suffering from an “altered level of consciousness” and then went into cardiac arrest.
As a paramedic firefighter, McDade says when firefighters respond to calls like that they have to ask every question possible to find out what treatment is necessary.
“We have to go through a checklist of what could have happened,” McDade said. “Once we figure out it’s an Overdose