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“Safe Storage, Safe Dosing” Campaign to Focus on Medication Safety
Washington, DC– Today Safe Kids Worldwide released a new research report that found while the death rate among children from poisoning has been cut in half since the late 1970s, the percentage of all child poisoning deaths due to medications has nearly doubled, from 36 percent to 64 percent.
Grandparents are playing a bigger role than ever before in raising their grandkids. More than 7 million grandparents in the United States live with their grandchildren, and 13 percent of grandparents are relied on to be a trusted caregiver.
Taking care of kids is a big job and these grandparents deserve a huge thank you for all they do. However, recent research has raised the question: what do grandparents do to keep kids safe around medicine?
Safe Kids Worldwide has a network of 400 coalitions around the United States, who work every day to keep kids in their communities healthy and safe. As part of our Safe Kids in Action series, Safe Kids will feature the incredible coordinators, teachers, nurses, doctors, first responders, business leaders, legislators and parents who make up our coalitions. In our inaugural segment, we are proud to highlight the heroes of Safe Kids Northeast Florida for their work in medication safety.
Safe Kids Worldwide has a network of 400 coalitions around the United States that work every day to help keep kids in their communities healthy and safe. As part of our Safe Kids in Action series, Safe Kids will feature the incredible coordinators, teachers, nurses, doctors, first responders, business leaders, legislators and parents who make up our coalitions. In this segment, we are proud to highlight the heroes of Safe Kids Tulsa for their work in medication safety.
According to the family historian, I was not to be trusted.
At age two, I had been left alone for about a minute when I was discovered sitting in my parents' bedroom with a bottle of aspirin -- cap off, bottle upended, contents strewn about. (Clever girl!)
But instead of the anticipated expression of delight at my amazing accomplishment, my mother’s expression was quite the opposite. "Did you eat any of those?" she demanded, her face registering horror.
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New Safe Kids Worldwide Report Uncovers Scope of Problem and Offers Solutions for Parents
Washington, D.C. – The increase of medicines in the home since 1980 is staggering: Today there are three times as many prescriptions filled in the U.S. and five times as many dollars spent on over-the-counter medicines. With more medicine in the home than ever before, Safe Kids Worldwide is putting parents on alert to be vigilant about protecting their children from medicine poisoning.