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Keeping Families Safe Around Medicine (March 2014)
Every minute of every day, a poison control center answers a call about a young child getting into medicine or getting too much medicine. In 2012, there were almost 64,000 emergency department visits that involved a child exposed to medicine. Every one of these emergency department visits involved a scared child and a worried family, and could have been prevented. On top of that, an estimated $34.4 million is spent every year on medical costs for trips to the emergency department as a result of medicine exposures in young children, twice what the federal government spends annually on poison control centers.