Medication poisonings are among the leading reasons for emergency department visits for children under five years of age. This podcast discusses the proper use of child-resistant packaging, the importance of keeping drugs secured, and what to do if you think a child has been poisoned. Created: 3/15/2012 by MMWR.
Date Released: 3/15/2012. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Keep A Lid On It
National Poison Prevention Week, 50th Anniversary — March 18–24
Recorded: March 13, 2012; posted: March 15, 2012
This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Drugs can help cure diseases and save lives, but all too often, medicines fall into little hands with serious consequences. Medication poisonings are one of the leading reasons for emergency department visits for children under five years of age.
Child-resistant packaging has helped prevent many accidental injuries and deaths, but it's not child-proof. Safety caps must be re-secured after each and every use.
Make sure you put all drugs up and away and out of the sight of children every time you use them. If you suspect that a child has been poisoned, call 1-800-222-1222.
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