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60,000 U.S. Kids Treated for Accidental Medicine Poisoning a Year

Posted 21 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 21, 2016 – Nearly 60,000 children in the United States are accidentally poisoned by medicines each year, a new report says. That's the equivalent of four busloads of children – or one every nine minutes – arriving at emergency departments every day because of medicine-related poisoning, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. And nearly every minute each day a poison control center receives a call about a child who got into medicines, the report notes. "We want parents and caregivers to remember that the first line of defense in preventing medicine poisoning is the family," Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, said in a news release from the group. Americans fill nearly three times as many prescriptions as they did in 1980 and spend five times as much on over-the-counter drugs, according to the report. With so many medications on hand, parents and other adults ... Read more

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Poison Experts Turn Phone Line Into a Lifeline

Posted 19 Sep 2010 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 17 – Trained as a registered nurse to work in emergency rooms and intensive care units, Hugh Rawls did just that until sidelined a decade ago by a back injury. Today, he's still working in emergency care, but from a different angle. For the past 10 years, he has helped man the phone lines at the Poison Control Center in Jacksonville, Fla. "In a lot of ways, there's some similarities in the critical thinking I used as a bedside nurse," said Rawls, 45. "Part of my job is not only to think about what's going on right now, but also to think three steps ahead to what could happen. I have to think ahead as to what could happen to this person and where we need to go treatment-wise." People call the center with a wide variety of problems, Rawls said. "This is very similar to working in an emergency room," he said. "You don't know what's going to come up next. One minute it's a ... Read more

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