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Storing Medicines Safely

Click to view full PSA that ran in Parade MagazineMedicine safety includes more than following labels and giving kids the correct dose of medication with the correct dosing device. It also includes safely keeping medicines out of the reach and sight of children.

Each year, almost 60,000 children under the age of five wind up in hospital emergency rooms because of unsupervised medicine ingestions.

Research published in the September 2011 issue of The Journal of Pediatrics found that the number of accidental drug poisonings among young children increased 22 percent from 2001 to 2008. Researchers name increased quantities of medicines in the home as the primary cause. In 95 percent of the cases, the poisoning occurred because an unsupervised child ingested the drug, not because of a labeling or dosage error by a parent or health care worker. Watch this video from the Up and Away educational program to learn more about preventing accidental medicine ingestion:

Here are some tips on careful medicine storage:

For more information, you can also visit our pages on childproofing your home and medicine cabinet, and storing medicines safely at high temperatures.

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