It is no secret that the opioid epidemic is spreading like wildfire across the United States, and it is affecting an unintended class of victims: children.
Take for example a kindergarten student at the International Academy of Trenton charter school in New Jersey.
On Monday, according to ABC News, his teacher noticed that he was playing with “candy” in his lunchbox, so she politely asked him to stop. When he began playing with it again, she went over to take the item away.
At that moment she discovered that the “candy” he was handling was not candy at all — it was heroin. Police who were called in to assess the situation found twenty-nine other bags of heroin in the boy’s lunchbox.
Thankfully, the boy did not hand out any of the packets to other students, and the drug was not in his system.
But sadly, this is not the first time this has happened. Police have been called into schools and day cares all over the country after it has been discovered that young children are unintentionally toting drugs they found in their home.
It is an unfortunate example of guardians putting drugs over their child’s safety, and it can be deadly. After a similar incident happened in Chester County, Pennsylvania, District Attorney Tom Hogan explained:
“Any exposure to heroin for a young child is likely to result in death.”
For parents at International Academy of Trenton, they are just happy that the police intervened, some even calling it a “blessing.”
“Imagine if the child hadn’t brought it to school, it would still have been in the child’s home,” says Kevin Davis, whose two grandchildren attend the Academy.
At this time, no one has been charged in connection to the incident.