Children Falling Victim to Pharmaceutical Poisoning

Children Falling Victim to Pharmaceutical Poisoning

Where do you, as a parent, keep your prescription drugs?

Prescription drugs are not sold over the counter for many reasons. They are very potent drugs, meant for certain people with very specific medical conditions. The wrong dose, especially by small children, may cause serious medical complications amount to poisoning.

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

A recent study published in the Journal Pediatrics revealed that prescription drugs intended for adults often make it into the hands of young children. I’m not talking about street drugs, such as cocaine or ecstasy, but rather pharmaceutical drugs like statins and opioid painkillers.

The number of children falling victim to pharmaceutical poisonings is on the rise. One out of every 180 toddlers has to be rushed to the emergency room every year after suffering from prescription drug-related poisoning.

Parents, you must be careful where you leave your pills. Young children typically find an open prescription bottle or maybe a pill on the floor and eat it.

One of the most common adult prescription drugs involved in medication poisoning-related incidents is Buprenorphine, which is used as a medication to help people deal with the symptoms of withdrawal from painkillers, heroin and opiate drugs.

This medication can be fatal to a small child. According to statistics, more than 1,500 children under the age of six years old, have to be rushed to emergency rooms every year after ingesting this drug. A new study regarding 2,380 drug-related poisoning cases showed that most children recovered completely; however, few died from the poisoning and about 500 children had to spend time in the intensive care unit after becoming seriously ill.

Symptoms of the poisoning include lethargy, respiratory troubles, vomiting, and small pupils.

If your child has been the victim of such a poisoning accident and you and your family are now facing hospital and other medical bills, please contact the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir Tierney & Weck. We can help you obtain the compensation you need and ensure long term medical care be provided if needed. Contact our firm for a free case evaluation.

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