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Girl, 2, gets ecstasy pill stuck in her NOSE after finding box of her mum’s drugs in box on top of fridge
- The toddler was rushed to hospital and had a heart rate of 148 beats per minute
- She also had dilated pupils, high blood pressure and ‘red residue’ in her nose
- She was discharged 24 hours later and placed in the care of her grandmother
A toddler got an ecstasy pill stuck in her nose after stumbling across her mother’s drug stash.
The two-year-old girl, from France, found the tablet in a box kept above the fridge.
Upon realising what had happened, her horrified mother urgently tried to remove the pill. Only part of it came out naturally, however.
She called the emergency services for help, with her daughter immediately rushed to hospital.
Medics diagnosed the girl with life-threatening acute intoxication by a narcotic substance.
A two-year-old girl got an ecstasy pill stuck in her nose after finding her mother’s drugs in a box on top of the fridge (file photo)
She survived the ordeal, and was discharged from a Toulouse hospital 24 hours after being admitted.
French courts took custody of the girl away from the mother, instead placing her in the care of her grandmother.
None of the family members were identified.
Details of the case were published in a medical journal called Archives de Pédiatrie.
The incident — which wasn’t dated — was marked as a case of ‘ecstasy intoxication via an unusual route’.
The girl inserted the pill into her nose at 1pm. It is not clear when her mother called emergency services.
The child was taken straight to Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) de Toulouse.
Medics found her to be restless and agitated, with ‘red-coloured residue’ in her nose.
She had a heart rate of 148 beats per minute, high blood pressure, rapid and shallow breathing and dilated pupils.
She was moved to the paediatric intensive care unit at 4.17pm.
Her blood pressure started to decrease without medication and she was moved to a general paediatric ward.
The girl was hydrated with an IV drip and her pupils started to constrict and return to normal.
Her blood pressure had normalised by the next morning — 17 hours after the pill was inserted. She was discharged seven hours later.
Following the doctors’ diagnosis, and according to French law for child protection, the hospital ward sent a report to a judge at the juvenile court.
The judge decided to place the girl under the guardianship of her paternal grandmother.
The study authors determined that the symptoms of a child inserting an ecstasy pill into their nose were similar to that of previous cases of it being taken orally.
It was also concluded that this type of incident could be the result of severe parental neglect.
What is MDMA?
Ecstasy, known chemically as MDMA or molly, has been used by clubbers for decades due to its effects in helping keep people awake.
It can come in the form of various pills and often takes about 30 minutes for its long-lasting effects to kick in, which can include feelings of love.
In the UK, possession of any form of ecstasy – considered a Class A drug – comes with a potential jail term of up to seven years. In the US, the jail term can be as severe as 40 years in some states.
Drug campaigners warn the biggest of taking MDMA revolves around the fact that many users are unaware of what is in the substance they are taking.
It can include other drugs, such as PMA, which can be fatal in lower doses than MDMA itself.
The Office for National Statistics recorded an eight fold increase in ecstasy deaths last year compared to 5 years ago.
The statistics showed that 63 people died from taking MDMA in 2016 – significantly higher than that of the record low in 2010 of eight deaths.