Every 8 minutes a child goes to an ER for medicine poisoning

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Every 8 minutes a child goes to the emergency room for medicine poisoning. Next week is National Poison Prevention Week, which highlights the growing danger of meds found in your home.

Penny and Phil spoke with Kate Carr, who is the President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide:


Every minute of every day, a poison control center receives a call about a potential medicine poisoning for a child age five and under. 

And 64,000 times each year, or every eight minutes, a young child goes to the emergency room for medicine poisoning.
In 3 out of 4 (77%) of those visits, a child got into medicine belonging to a parent or grandparent.
The study identifies new insights into why kids are getting into medicine nearly 500,000 times per year. Since 2005, there has been a 23% increase in the number of grandparents living with their grandchildren. And 13% of grandparents provide care for a grandchild on a regular basis. While grandparents only make up 13%of the population, they account for 34% of all prescription medicine use. In the Safe Kids survey, 74% of grandparents who regularly care for a grandchild reported taking a prescription medicine every day. This new dynamic of children being exposed to more adult medicine in the home makes medicine safety a more important topic than ever for families.
When asked what they would do in an emergency, more than half the respondents said they wouldn’t think to call the Poison Help Number, 1-800-222-1222


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