In wartime, what happened last Thursday in Toronto might be called "collateral damage" - casualties not intended but still very real.
Two children, ages 2 and 4, had to be rushed to a hospital in Pittsburgh after they ingested Suboxone, a drug used to treat those suffering from opiate drug withdrawal symptoms. It happened accidentally at their parents' home. Police say one of the parents is a heroin addict.
Regardless of how the accident occurred, someone needs to be held accountable. The Jefferson County prosecutor's office is investigating.
Obviously, however, the situation would not have occurred had heroin abuse not reached epidemic proportions in our area.
So yes, call it "collateral damage."
Because this is a war - and it is one in which there will be more young casualties unless it is won.