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Many Young Children Overdosing From Medicines at Home
Date:12/13/2011

en if the child does not like to take his or her medicine.
  • Tell guests about medicine safety. Ask houseguests and visitors to keep purses, bags, or coats that have medicines in them up and away and out of sight when they are visiting.
  • Be prepared in case of emergency. Program the poison control number into home and cell phones (1-800-222-1222).
  • Beginning in the 1970s, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission required that most medicines have child-resistant packaging, a significant safety improvement that has saved hundreds of children's lives.  However, child-resistant caps must be used properly. The Up and Away and Out of Sight educational program is part of the larger public-private partnership, the PROTECT Initiative, aimed at reducing unintentional medication overdoses in children.    

    The PROTECT partners are also working on innovative safety packaging specifically designed to limit the amount of medication that could be ingested by a child even if a child-resistant cap has not been replaced properly. A number of leading nonprescription drug companies have committed to incorporating product enhancements for pediatric liquid acetaminophen medicines. In addition, several over-the-counter medications are available in individual doses, which can limit the amount of medication that children could get into.

    "Even with improvements to packaging, no medication package can be 100 percent childproof," warns Richard Dart, M.D., president of the American Association of Poison C
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    SOURCE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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