Pediatric Poisonings

Medicine bottles are child resistant but NOT CHILD PROOF. Most youngsters can open them in less than a minute. Watch this telling CBS News video. It will shock you!

It is amazing what youngsters can get into when we are not watching: purses, suitcases, medicine cabinets, and kitchen cabinets …. even when we think they are up high and out of reach.  This can lead to tragedy when medicine is involved. 160 children a day end up in the emergency room from ingesting medicine. 

Over 200,000 children under age 6 are poisoned every year after ingesting medication.  67,000 of them went to the ER and 115 died in 2011.  Leading culprits are over-the-counter analgesics (Ibuprofen, acetaminophen), cough medicine, cold medicine, antihistamines (allergy medicine), prescription antibiotics, vitamins, and supplements. Making matters worse, many medicines look like candy

We go to great lengths to protect our children.  We make our kids buckle up and ride in car seats, we make them wear bike helmets and teach them to look both ways when crossing the street.  Why wouldn’t we want to secure our medications?

Teen Pilfering

Teens don’t start abusing drugs by going to a drug dealer on the street.  They start by going to the medicine cabinet or to a friend who has access to a medicine cabinet.

Almost 1,000,000 teens initiate drug abuse annually by abusing prescription drugs.  1 in 6 teens has used a prescription drug to get high.  It starts in Middle School and is prevalent in most High Schools.  It often escalates to drugs such as heroin and fentanyl. 

Watch this short video to learn more. 

Safe Rx Locking Prescription Bottles virtually eliminates teen pilfering.  Secure your medication.  Encourage grandparents and friends to do the same!