Children at Risk of Prescription Drug Poisoning

Children at Risk of Prescription Drug Poisoning

Unintentional poisoning deaths are on the rise in the United States.

Many parents, caregivers, teachers, counselors and day care workers may think that chemicals, insecticides, and household products are responsible for the majority of poisoning incidents involving children.

However, studies show that drugs intended for adult use are harming and killing American children at an astounding rate these days. We’re not talking about street drugs, like cocaine, marijuana, and ecstasy, but pharmaceutical drugs that are taken every day for medical reasons.

In addition, researchers found that poisoning from cholesterol medications and high blood pressure drugs lead to the most emergency room visits, while prescription painkillers and diabetes medications are blamed for the most serious injuries and hospitalizations.

Did you know that toddlers less than two years old are at a higher risk of suffering prescription drug poisoning when they have access to their parents’ medications?

A study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that medications are actually responsible for over two-thirds of poisoning related emergency room visits involving children.

Despite safeguards such as child-resistant packing, every year, thousands of children of all ages are rushed to the emergency room after suffering from prescription drug-related poisoning. What’s sad is that toddlers are able to reach their parents’ drugs, open the cap and swallow a pill or more. When a child is with another caregiver, or the child was in another home, because of a play date or the babysitter it becomes more of a risk factor prescription drug-related poisoning will occur.

Look out for symptoms of drug-related poisoning, which include:

  • lethargy
  • respiratory troubles
  • vomiting
  • small pupils

Parents, it is so important to safeguard and secure all medications. Medications come in all kinds of shapes, sizes and colors. Small children may see them as candy.

The following are drugs that can be very fatal to children:

  • calcium channel blockers for hypertension
  • camphor containing drugs for muscle pain
  • narcotic pain medications
  • salicylates like aspirin
  • antidepressant drugs
  • blood pressure patches, nasal sprays and eye drops

If your loved one has gotten sick or worse, died, due to the negligence and carelessness of another person, you have the right to file a claim against that negligent person, to learn more about what you can do? or what are your options? Seek the advice of an experienced attorney, start by contacting the San Bernardino personal injury attorneys in the law offices of Welebir | Tierney for the justice you need and deserve.

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