An eight-year-old Surrey boy was rushed to hospital after he overdosed on an opiate, RCMP said yesterday.
On Monday at 11 a.m., Surrey RCMP were called to an apartment complex in the 1600 Block of Marine Drive in South Surrey after firefighters and paramedics came across the unresponsive child.
Sgt. Jean Hamm of Surrey RCMP said the boy had overdosed on an opiate. It has been speculated the drug was heroin, but Hamm would not confirm it.
He also would not say how the child came into contact with the opiate, but added no one in the house was known to police.
Brian Semancik, a neighbour who lives at the Barclay Arms complex, told CBC News he saw the eight-year-old wheeled out of a basement apartment on a stretcher. He said the boy’s eyes were closed and his arm was hanging off the stretcher.
Police returned for the boy’s mother a couple hours later, driving off with her in the back seat, he said. She returned to the apartment several hours later.
The boy has been released from hospital and is in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
Surrey RCMP major crime section is investigating the incident to determine what happened and whether charges are warranted.