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Pain Patch Warning

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The death of a 12-year-old Missouri girl *may* be linked to a pain patch that belonged to her grandmother.

The grieving grandmother wants all parents and caregivers to be aware.

Betsy Webster reports.

Across in the front lawn of Destiny Spitler's home marks a significant and sudden loss.

"Always happy. Bubbly. She was very bubbly."

The twelve-year-old girl's grandma, who didn't want to appear on camera, described destiny as loving, giving, and caring.

"She loved to sing. she sang all the time. But apparently she was a very curious little girl that we didn't realize."

Destiny's grandma uses Fentanyl, a powerful pain patch, to manage her back pain.

When destiny died in her sleep Saturday morning, investigators found one on her thigh.

What prompted the 12-year-old to affix it is unclear, but her grandma says destiny pulled it from the trash.

"It was a patch that was from last Tuesday. and she put it on."

"You've gotta dispose of it properly."

Doctor Stephen Thornton says he's seen many cases where kids have o-d'd on a patch tossed in the trash, sometimes thinking it's a sticker.

"Once you use that patch and you take it off, it still has about 50 percent of the fentanyl that was started with."

That's why it's important to consider not just how you store this stuff, but also how you dispose of it.

It's something destiny's grandma didn't know, and something she wants others to hear.

"Mothers, fathers, aunts, parents... anybody that wears these dang patches, dispose of them, fold them up in tiny little pieces and flush them down the stool so your babies won't be like mine."

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