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New Research Reveals How Kids Get into Medicine and How to Help Protect Them
Washington, D.C. – Ask parents if they know it is important to store medicine out of children’s reach and sight after every use and 9 out of 10 will agree. But accidental medicine poisoning sends a child under 6 to the emergency room every nine minutes, and every 12 days, a child dies.
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Every 12 days, a child under age six in the United States dies from an accidental medicine-related poisoning. Every hour, a child is hospitalized for that same reason, and every nine minutes, a child goes to the emergency room.
When it comes to keeping kids safe around medicine, parents and caregivers are the first line of defense. But while most parents say they know how important it is to store medicine out of reach and sight, they aren’t always doing so. Sometimes parents underestimate how quickly their kids can get into medicine. Other times they think child-resistant packaging is childproof. Still other parents aren’t always sure what “out of reach and sight” really means.
So what can parents do?
This blog was written by Alisha Yan, Safe Kids Public Policy spring intern.
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