​Toddler’s Jacket Contained 48 Packets of Heroin​​

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March 13, 2021

A toddler carried heroin with him to a daycare center in New Jersey, police said on March 11. Several packets of heroin was found in the toddle’s jacket, and now his father has been charged with child endangerment.

A worker at the child-care center in the town of Paterson, about 20 miles west of New York City, discovered 48 glassine envelopes of the drug stuffed in the 2-year-old’s jacket, according to Paterson Police Lieutenant Bert Ribeiro.

Toddler Accompanied by Father

The employee called police, who determined the father had accompanied the child to the center that day. There was no indication the toddler was aware of the heroin packets in his jacket, police said. The child’s father, identified by police as Phillip Young, 27, was arrested and being held on $85,000 bail, authorities said.

A court date will soon be scheduled for Young, and it remains to be seen what the punishment will be for allowing his child to attend a daycare center with nearly 50 packets of high grade heroin in his jacket pocket.

Heroin Problems Deepen

The arrest comes as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday called an increase in heroin-related deaths an “urgent and growing public health crisis” and said first responders should carry with them a drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose.

“Addiction to heroin and other opiates, including certain prescription pain-killers, is impacting the lives of Americans in every state, in every region, and from every background and walk of life — and all too often, with deadly results,” Holder said in a video message.

His public support for an antidote that could be used to rescue overdosing drug users mirrors the position of the White House drug policy office, which has also urged all first responders to have the medication on hand. At least 17 states and the Washington, D.C. — allow naloxone — commonly known by the brand name Narcan — to be distributed to the public, and bills are pending in some states to increase access to it.