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Drug Stronger Than Morphine Found In 19 Month Old

Aaron Blake Dillard Aaron Blake Dillard

A 26-year-old has now been indicted on a charge of Endangering a Child-Reckless Conduct.

Newschannel 6 obtained a police report that details the investigation into Aaron Blake Dillard. Police said the investigation started on November 12, 2010, when they responded to a check welfare call. Police said a 19 month old child was taken to United Regional's emergency room. Police said tests showed the child was under the influence of a synthetic opioid known as Suboxone. They also said the drug was causing the child's respiratory system to be depressed.

Police said Dillard was caring for the child at the time because the baby's mother was at work. Officers also said Dillard was found in possession of an unlabeled pill bottle containing four Suboxone tablets. Doctors had to give the baby another drug to counteract the Suboxone. Suboxone is 25 to 40 times more powerful than morphine. It can cause severe and even deadly respiratory depression in children.

The child had to be administered a drug known as Narcan to counteract the Suboxone. The child's lab results showed a positive result fro Suboxone in his system.

Police learned during their investigation that Suboxone is 25 to 40 times more powerful than morphine. It can cause severe, possibly fatal, respiratory depression in children who are exposed to it.

A Wichita County grand jury handed down the indictment April 21, 2011.

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