Dr. Scott McFarland laments what he calls “a sheer numbers game” — the number of prescription drugs taken by adults in any given household has soared in the last decade, and with it the rates of children and teens poisoned by those medications.
Mix in over-the-counter meds, and the count reaches 70,000 children a year treated in the nation’s emergency rooms for poisoning — a leap of about one-third since 2001.
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Where are children finding medicine?
27 percent on ground or misplaced
20 percent in purses, bags or wallets
20 percent on counters, dressers, tables, nightstands
15 percent in pill boxes or bags
12 percent unknown
6 percent in cabinets or drawers
For help if a child has ingested medicine, or in any poison emergency, call the American Association of Poison Control Centers, 800-222-1222
Source: Safe Kids Worldwide