Dietary Supplements Drive Poison Center Calls

Researchers confirm in the Journal of Medical Toxicology, that potentially harmful exposures to dietary supplements increased in recent years. An analysis of U.S. poison control center calls from 2000–12 showed an almost 50% jump from 2005.  The bulk of the reports, 70%, were generated after children aged 6 years or younger unintentionally ingested the substances. The study authors have called on FDA to strengthen regulation for certain supplements found to have especially high toxicity levels. In the meantime, experts recommend that parents treat supplements as they would prescription drugs, keeping them out of the reach of children.