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Alton Banks, 10, dies after contact with fentanyl in Miami, Florida

Modified Date: 
Tue, 07/18/2017 - 2:13pm
Accident Date: 
Friday, June 23, 2017

Boy, 10, dies after contact with fentanyl

The State Attorney's Office said the child was at a neighborhood pool then later that day became seriously ill and died.

Investigators say they aren't sure where the boy came into contact with the drug but do not believe it was at his home.

Florida boy, 10, among youngest victims of opioid crisis, officials say

Alton Banks returned home from a neighborhood outing at the local pool on June 23 and started vomiting. Family members later discovered him unconscious and rushed him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the Miami Herald reported.

A 10-year-old Miami boy may be latest — and among youngest — victim of opioid crisis

The death comes against the backdrop of a staggering opioid crisis that has wreaked havoc across the country, with hundreds of South Florida drug users fatally overdosing in recent years. But illegal fentanyl and some of its synthetic cousins can be so powerful that just a speck, breathed in or absorbed through the skin, can fatally affect an unwitting victim.

People Involved: 
Alton Banks
City: 
Miami, FL

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