Since the late 1970s, the number of accidental child poisoning deaths has nearly doubled, a new study conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide has found. In that same period of time, the number of overall poisoning deaths has fallen drastically, but 64 percent of the current number of deaths are due to the misuse of medications.
"About 165 kids — or roughly four school busloads of children — are seen in emergency rooms for medication-related treatment every day in the U.S.," said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, in a statement. "Every one of those trips was preventable. We can and must do better."
The group offered some safety tips to prevent medication-related poisoning, including:
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