7 children treated in hospital after taking suspect prescription drugs

HOPEWELL, Va. (WWBT) – Hopewell Police say seven children were being treated in hospital after taking what is believed to be a prescription drug.

Police said a mother dropped off her three children at a house along South 16th Avenue and four children were already at home.

Officials said the mother left the house to go to a nearby store, leaving the children essentially unattended.

The Hopewell Fire Department was called to the house around 4.30pm, where crews found four children breathing but unconscious. They were 1, 2, 3 and 4 years old.

Police said there were seven children in total in the home, all of whom had taken what they suspected was prescription medication. All were taken to hospital.

Officials said the children aged 1, 2 and 3 were in critical condition, but the other four were expected to be fine.

A search warrant was made and police said they removed prescription drugs similar to those the children may have been taking.

According to police, it is believed that one of the older children, possibly around 7 years old, found the drugs and gave them to the younger ones.

The police continue to investigate.

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