Drugs in New York daycare center: 1 child dead, 3 injured

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A 21-month-old child in New York has died after likely coming into contact with the drug fentanyl at his daycare. Three other young children had to be hospitalized.

The kids were tucked into bed after lunch on Friday for their afternoon nap. When it was time to get up, the supervisors could no longer wake them up. In addition to the deceased boy, there are two two-year-old boys and an 8-month-old girl.

A neighbor at the shelter heard a horrible scream. “She kept shouting, ‘The kids are dead,’ over and over,” she described to The New York Post.


A kilo of fentanyl and a machine used to cut the narcotic were later found in the daycare center. It is not clear how the children came into contact with it, but they may have inhaled the substance.

The daycare center operator and a neighbor have been arrested. The police are still looking for a third suspect. It has not yet been announced what they will be charged with.

The police believe that a room in the shelter was sublet to a drug dealer. The accommodation, which opened at the beginning of this year, had been inspected unannounced earlier this month and found to be in good condition.


Synthetic fentanyl has been on the rise in the US in recent years because it is 50 times stronger than heroin. It is often used to make other drugs extra powerful.

The number of overdoses caused by this drug has also been increasing for years: from 5.7 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016 to 21.6 5 years later. Earlier this year, rapper Coolio died from a combination of fentanyl and other drugs.

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