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Adult Perscripton Drug Use Linked to Poisonings in Children

3:41 PM, Jun 3, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Prescription drug use has increased over the last decade. This rise is accompanied by a jump in poisonings among children accidentatly taking these medications.

Among the medications that kids are getting access to can include diabetes drugs, statins and other lipid-lowering medications, beta-blockers, opoids, as well as others.

In the study, "Adult Presciption Drug Use and Pediatric Medication Exposures and Poisonings," published June 3, researchers have used two databases to compare monthly poisonings among kids with the number of prescriptions written for adults from 2000 through 2009. With this, researchers have found a connection between adult presciptions and children becoming sick from those medications. The strongest correlation was for opiods.

Children age five and below seemed to be at the greatest risk for poisioning, with 13- to 19-year-olds following.

Most emergency room visits were highest for poisonings concerning lipid medications and beta-blockers, while serious injuries and hospitalization were most consistently linked with opiods and diabetes medications.

According to study authors, the results of the study support for the need of an increase in strategies to help prevent prescription drug ingestions and as well educate children, specific to their age, on the dangers of prescription drugs.

Dr. Yves Duroseau, the Emergency Department Chairman at Lenox Hill Hospital tells CBS News to "make sure you keep those medications in those child resistant bottles, and remember that it is child resistant, not child proof. Don't refer to your medication as candy, and try not to take the medications in front of your children."

Doctors advise that if your child accidentatly ingests presciption drugs consult a medical professional or call poison control at (1-800-222-1222)