Publication date: 
Mon., Dec. 18, 2017 5:00pm EST ·

Avoid Dosing Mistakes When Treating the Flu

Flu activity tends to peak between December and February. The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition reminds consumers to double-check medicine labels to avoid doubling up on medicines that contain acetaminophen when treating illnesses during this cold and flu season. Acetaminophen is a common drug ingredient found in more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medications. The FDA recommends taking no more than 4,000 milligrams of acetaminophen in a 24-hour period. Taking more than directed is an overdose and can lead to liver damage. (Source: AWARXE® Prescription Drug Safety Program, 12/18/17

Publication date: 
Fri., Dec. 15, 2017 2:30pm EST ·

Accidental Ingestion of Opioid Pain Relievers by Children Aged 1 to 5

As soon as infants learn to crawl and especially once they learn to walk, their mobility, curiosity, and tendency to put things in their mouths make many substances in the home a potential danger. The effects of the increased availability of opioid pain relievers are widely known and well-publicized.  Recently, light is being shed on this increased availability and its effects on the youngest members of society.  According to DAWN, the number of ED visits involving accidental ingestion of opioid pain relievers among children aged 1 to 5 tripled between 2004 and 2011.