Poison Prevention Week Raises Awareness of Accidental Medication Poising in Children
Every nine minutes in this country, a child under the age of six has to go to the emergency room because of accidental medication poisoning, and every twelve days a child dies. The Indiana Poison Center receives about 60-thousand calls for help a year. This is Poison Prevention Week, and Safe Kids Worldwide has released a report called Safe Medicine Storage. Morag Mackay is the group’s director of research and says parents and caregivers often think childproof containers are enough to stop youngsters from getting sick. Mackay says their research finds in about half of over-the-counter poisoning cases, the child climbed on a toy, a chair or other object to reach the medicine. She adds that while most parents agree that it is important to store medicine out of reach and sight after every use, seven in ten admit they’ve stored pill bottles in places a child could get to them.
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