Toddler overdoses after using straw with drugs on it, MPD says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A straw laced with a drug substance left a South Memphis toddler in critical condition. The Memphis Police Department got a call from the 700 block of Regent Place in reference to an overdose. Crews were dispatched at 1:47 p.m. Friday afternoon.

According to police, the child made contact with the straw inside the home.

“One female juvenile was transported to Le Bonheur in critical condition,” said Lieutenant Louis Brownlee. “Officers are investigating. They want to find the source of those drugs, find the person who had those drugs.”

Neighbors who spoke with FOX13 and recently learned about the situation expressed sadness and dismay.

“It’s sad that people are not aware of what they are doing out here in the world around their children,” one resident said anonymously. “For this to happen to a child, an overdose. It’s real sad. I hope they can see now what drugs does to a family.”

The toddler is listed in critical but stable condition.

This is an ongoing investigation and there’s no suspect in custody, but police leaving a message with the community.

“You shouldn’t have drugs in the house period, but keep harmful things away from children,” Brownlee said.