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Adults Unintentionally Make It Easy for Young Children to Eat Dangerous Pills

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Each year there are about 400,000 poison center calls and 50,000 ER visits as a result of young children ingesting medications when adults weren’t paying attention. A new study in The Journal of Pediatrics finds that more than half of the time when children get into prescription pills, the medication had already been removed from the child-resistant container by an adult. The cross-sectional study involved unsupervised solid dose medication exposure calls by children aged 5 years and younger at 5 US poison control centers from February-September 2017.

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