MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In Monday’s Health Watch, a new study shows more kids are getting accidentally poisoned by prescription drugs.
Despite safeguards like child-resistant packaging, more than 70,000 children a year are brought to the hospital for accidental poisonings.
Researchers found poisonings from cholesterol medications and high blood pressure drugs led to the most ER visits.
Prescription pain killers and diabetes medications led to the most serious injuries and hospitalizations.
Children under 6 are at greatest risk followed by teenagers.
Experts say simple steps can protect children.
“Make sure you keep those medications in those child resistant bottles and remember, it’s child resistant, not child proof,” said Dr. Yves Duroseau of the Lennox Hill Hospital. “Don’t refer to the medications as candy and try not to take the medications in front of your children.
Doctors say if a child accidentally ingests prescription drugs, consult a medical professional immediately or call poison control.