Emergency Hospitalizations for Unsupervised Prescription Medication Ingestions by Young Children

Despite child-resistant packaging requirements for most medications and safe storage education for all medicines, tens of thousands of young children are brought to emergency departments and thousands are hospitalized annually after ingesting prescription medications. Targeted prevention efforts may be needed. Twelve medications were implicated in nearly half of hospitalizations for prescription medication ingestions. Buprenorphine and clonidine were most commonly implicated and had the highest hospitalization rates when accounting for outpatient use. Prevention efforts should focus on most commonly implicated medications. (Source: Pediatrics)
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