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Even Toddlers Can be at Risk of Opiod Overdoses

A recent report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse highlights the dangers that opioids and other controlled substances pose to young children and toddlers.

 In 2016, there were over 30,000 calls made to poison control centers that involved young children being exposed to addictive drugs, including opioids, benzodiazepines (like Valium), marijuana, tobacco, and e-cigarette liquids (nicotine).

From opioids (like Vicodin or Dilaudid) to anti-anxiety medicines such as Xanax, to marijuana, tobacco, or other addictive drugs, many people have these drugs in their homes. Or family members do.

Old prescriptions for pain or anxiety should be discarded safely when you no longer need them. Any medication in the house should be stored securely, so younger children can't get to them. (see the link below).  After parties in your house, make sure there are no leftover cups of wine/beer, etc around the house for your toddler to find in the morning  If you have teens, consider getting a lock box for these drugs (many teens who use drugs start with prescription drugs in the home). 

It's also important to discuss this with family members. If your young children spend time at their grandparents' houses, ask how they store their medications. Not just the addictive drugs, but ALL of their medicines. Blood pressure pills, diabetes medicines, and others can be very dangerous for toddlers.

This video from Safe Kids Worldwide reviews some quick tips on medication safety. 

If your child does take someone else's medicine or an addictive drug, call Poison Control immediately. The national Poison Control Center number is 1-800-222-1222. Put that number in your phone, so you have it if you need it. They are a 24/7 resource for any accidental ingestion or exposure to medications, or household chemicals.

Finally, the Poison Control Center has a great website - www.poison.org
You can use their online app to see if an ingestion or poisoning is dangerous and they have many articles on poisoning prevention.
Posted: 4/24/2018 7:11:28 AM by Paul Matz | with 0 comments


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