MANY YOUNG CHILDREN OVERDOSING FROM MEDICINES AT HOME: NEW EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM REMINDS PARENTS TO KEEP MEDICATION “UP AND AWAY AND OUT OF SIGHT”

Each year, one of every 150 two–year–olds visits an emergency department in the United States for an unintentional medication overdose, most often after finding and eating or drinking medicines without adult supervision. To inform parents and caregivers about safe medication storage and what to do in case of an emergency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Consumer Healthcare Products Association Education Foundation, and a coalition of partners are launching an educational program, Up and Away and Out of Sight, encouraging parents to follow a few simple steps to protect children.

Press Release: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2011/p1213_Medicine_overdose.html

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