Accidental Medication Poisonings in Kids on the Rise

FRIDAY, Sept. 16 — Despite ongoing prevention efforts, a growing number of young children are being accidentally poisoned with medications, according to new research.
The study, which was based on data reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers between 2001 and 2008, found that medication poisoning among children aged 5 and under increased by 22 percent, although the number of children in the United States in this age group rose by only 8 percent during the study period.
“The problem of pediatric poisoning in the U.S. is getting worse, not better,” Dr. Randall Bond, of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, said in a hospital news release.
In conducting the study, which is scheduled for publication in the Journal of Pediatrics, the researchers…

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