10-Year-Old Girl In Critical Condition After Fentanyl Patch Mistake

EAST HILLS (KDKA) – A girl is in critical condition at the hospital after mistaking her grandmother’s Fentanyl patch for a Band-Aid.

According to police, the 10-year-old girl was taken to Children’s Hospital from her home on Bracey Drive in the East Hills.

It appears that the girl put the medicated painkilling patch on her arm thinking it was a Band-Aid.

The girl’s mother found her unresponsive in bed Monday morning with at least one patch on her body.

A police official told KDKA’s Kym Gable that doctors placed a breathing tube in the girl and her condition is still listed as critical.

They also ran tests to discover the extent of the damage and are awaiting those results.

Fentanyl is a power painkilling narcotic. It’s prescribed to patients with severe and chronic pain.

The drug on the patch is 100 times more powerful than morphine and can be extremely dangerous when used by the wrong person.

No charges have been filed. Police say this was likely a horrible accident.

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  1. cheryl says:

    why would a reporter not bother to tell the reader what a Fentanyl patch is? Ever hear of Google?

  2. Bsharp says:

    Fentanyl Patch should be used only for long-term or chronic pain requiring continuous, around-the-clock narcotic pain relief that is not helped by other less powerful pain medicines or less frequent dosing. Do not use Fentanyl Patch if you have not already been taking other prescription narcotic pain medicines (eg, morphine, codeine) on a regular schedule. Do not use Fentanyl Patch for short-term pain, mild pain, pain that occurs after surgery, or pain that does not require medicine on a regular schedule. Because serious, sometimes life-threatening, breathing problems can occur (especially in patients who have not been given narcotic medicines in the past), seek immediate medical attention in the unlikely event that very slow, shallow breathing occurs.

  3. X says:

    …because the anonymous reporter’s editor did not catch it, or thought let the reader just go to bing, then type google, then search for ‘fentanyl patch’ and figure it out for themselves. very sloppy reporting/editing and typical of a small market, and no surprises. did anyone happen to see the weather lady’s eye makeup last evening? how did they allow her to go on-air looking like that???

  4. expittsburgh says:

    Why are people complaining about KDKA’s reporting….this is NORMAL. KDKA reporting is by far the worst.

    I hope the girl makes a full recovery. So sad. 😦

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