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Portland Fire & Rescue Urges Parents to Take Precautions with Medications around Children after 5-year-old Collapses


Portland Fire & Rescue is urging parents to exercise caution tonight when storing medications and prescription drugs within the reach of children after a 5-year-old boy nearly lost his life today.  Firefighters from Portland Fire Station 25 (Woodstock) were able to successfully revive the unconscious boy who is suspected to have consumed methadone.

Safe storage and safe dosing of medication are critical. Nearly all young children who are brought to the emergency room due to an unintentional medication overdose got into the medication when a caregiver wasn’t looking. Medications may look like candy and in some instances are flavored to make them more appealing, thus making safe storage all the more essential.


Posted from an article that appeared on on August 9, 2012

Article by Devin Kelly

Police say a 5-year-old Portland boy is in intensive care after ingesting what is believed to be methadone Thursday morning.  Emergency crews responded just before 11 a.m. to the 4400 block of Southeast Knapp St.

The boy's parents carried out the unconscious child and laid him on the lawn, said Lt. Michael Silva, a spokesman for Portland Fire and Rescue.  The parents then told police they suspected the boy had accidentally consumed methadone, Silva said.

Paramedics administered a drug called Narcan, which reverses the effects of opiates. Silva said the boy regained consciousness after receiving the drug.

The boy was transported by ambulance to an area hospital, where he remains in intensive care, said Lt. Robert King, a Portland Police Bureau spokesman. A toxicology report is pending.

Methadone is an opiate commonly prescribed to treat pain or heroin addiction. King said it is believed that at least of one of the parents is a recovering heroin addict.

The drug is typically distributed at a dispensary, and is not often present in the home, King said.

No charges have been filed, and the investigation is ongoing. Child abuse detectives with the police bureau responded to the scene, and the Department of Human Services has been notified, King said


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