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Are parents’ prescriptions poisoning kids?

Every parent knows how hard it can be to keep their prescription drugs safely away from their children. But with the increase in adult prescription drugs in the home, that problem is getting harder to manage. Today, more and more young kids are accidentally taking their parents’ pills, and more and more teens are intentionally raiding the medicine cabinet. This has led to rising rates of poisonings in children, according to a study

published in the July 2013 issue of Pediatrics. (Adult Prescription Drug Use and Pediatric Medication Exposures and Poisonings)

Two of the study’s authors, Lindsey C. Burghardt, MD, and Florence T. Bourgeois, MD, MPH, became interested in the subject based on their real-life experiences as pediatric emergency medicine doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital. Burghardt reports that they noticed what seemed to be an increase in children and adolescents coming to the emergency room who had been poisoned by prescription medications. “When we began to research the problem of pediatric medication poisonings, we learned that adult prescriptions are also increasing.  We began to wonder if these things were related.”

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