Siskiyou County 5-year-old hospitalized after coming into contact with fentanyl at school, mother says
YREKA, Calif. (KDRV) – A mother from Siskiyou County says her 5-year-old daughter was hospitalized last week after somehow coming into contact with the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl while in school.
Danyel Eldridge-Mott told NewsWatch 12 that his daughter, Addison, was in an after-school program at elementary school in Granada on Thursday, October 21, when she suddenly fell extremely ill and was taken to hospital. It wasn’t until about 24 hours later that Mott learned that her daughter had tested positive for fentanyl while in a hospital in Davis, Calif.
It is still not clear exactly how much Fentanyl Addison has come into contact with. It is also not known where and how she was exposed to the opioid.
The Siskiyou Opioid Safety Coalition reports that while many rates show dramatic declines, the nationwide overall death rate from opioid overdose continues to rise due to increased opioid use synthetics such as fentanyl, which is 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
In an October 24 letter to families obtained by NewsWatch 12, Granada elementary school superintendent and principal GingerLee Charles said the school would be closed until further notice “due to confidential and unforeseen circumstances” , lasting at least until Wednesday.
“This closure is due to an incident involving the hospitalization of one of our students after showing symptoms at school,” Charles wrote. “Fortunately, the student is recovering and our worried thoughts and prayers are with the family.”
Charles said school officials were working with Siskiyou County Public Health, county education administrators and law enforcement as part of an ongoing investigation.
“We understand that this is an extremely serious and difficult situation and we will share more information as soon as we can. Your patience is appreciated and updates will be provided daily,” Charles concluded.
In an interview with Newswatch 12, Mott said: “I have a strong feeling that this is something that comes from a staff member, unfortunately, who is employed at the school. So that brings me to my concern for our schools and our children. “
“Because of everything that’s happened, I haven’t been able to review the drug testing policies for our schools, but it’s something that really interests me.”
When Mott found her daughter in an unusual and frightening state, she was participating in an after-school program called SAFE, Siskiyou After School for Everyone, which she says is publicly funded.
Mott said: “We need a program that is 100% transparent and that we can trust.”
Mott says his family developed the #addistrong hashtag on Facebook to spread awareness of Addison’s story and to “make a change in our school systems so that our children are protected and it doesn’t happen to anyone else.” .
Child Protection Services and Deputy Nowdesha from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office are involved in the investigation.
NewsWatch 12 has contacted the Granada Elementary School Principal / Superintendent, as well as the Siskiyou County Sheriff for more details on the situation.
Mott told NewsWatch 12 that she has not taken any steps towards legal action yet because her family is still recovering from the horror of the situation.