Prescriptions and poisonings
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
Young kids swallow things – including other people’s medications. A study finds kids have the highest rate of emergency department visits for unintentional poisonings due to drugs, including prescription medications.
At Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Gary Smith:
``Because we found in this study that children 5 years and younger were the age group with the highest rate of unintentional poisoning, we need to do a better job at keeping poisons out of the hands of children.’’ (10 seconds)
These children were only a fraction of the almost 700,000 people receiving emergency treatment annually for drug-related poisoning.
The study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Last revised: May 7, 2011