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'Tis the Season for Safe Medicine Storage
Date:12/11/2012

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Millions of Americans travel during the holidays, often to visit family and friends. During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is easy to overlook the importance of safely storing medicines and vitamins out of the sight and reach of young children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation, in partnership with the PROTECT Initiative, are reminding Americans this holiday season about the importance of safe medicine storage at home and on-the-go, as part of the Up and Away and Out of Sight educational program.

Annually, more than 60,000 young children – or roughly four school busloads of children per day – age 5 or younger are treated in emergency departments (ED) for accidental ingestion of household medicines, according to Dan Budnitz, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC's Medication Safety Program. "Parents may not be aware of the danger posed by leaving medications where young children can reach or see them."

As much as parents need to be careful during the busy holiday season, it is also important for grandparents to be particularly cautious about safe medicine storage. In a recent national survey by University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, nearly one out of every four grandparents said they store prescription medicines in easy-access places, including daily-dose boxes that children can easily open; 18 percent said they store over-the-counter medicines in easily accessible spots.

"Grandparents love when their grandchildren come to visit, but they may not realize their next dose of medicine left
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SOURCE Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation
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