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In its 2006 Annual Report, The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) reported more than 90 children (ages 14 and under) died from poisoning in 2005, while more than 2.4 million unintentional poisonings were reported to the U. S. Poison Control Centers in 2006. All age groups (less than one to more than 90 years old) were represented.

Safety Tips (a partial list)
Medicine Bottle
  • Instruct children never to accept medicine from anyone except a trusted adult and to tell a grown-up if they find medicine or any poisonous substance.
  • Keep opioid pain medications, such as methadone, hydrocodone and oxycodone, in a safe place. Only the people taking or giving these medications should be able to reach the safe place.
  • Purchase child-resistant packaging.
  • Keep medicines in their original bottles or containers.
  • Follow label directions when you give or take medicines. Read all warning labels. Some medicines cannot be taken safely with other medicines and/or alcohol.
  • Never share or sell your prescription drugs.
  • Monitor the use of medicines prescribed for children and teenagers, such as medicines for attention deficit disorder or ADD.
  • Periodically go through medicine cabinets and safely dispose of old, expired or unneeded medicines.
  • Follow federal guidelines to properly dispose of unused, unneeded or expired medications and prescription drugs.
  • Post the Poison Help number by all home telephones and program it into cell phones: 1-800-222-1222. The Poison Control Center is a service for all ages. Children should know who to call if they think someone has eaten poison, and there is no adult available.

For more important safety tips and information on poisoning prevention, visit American Association of Poison Control Centers.

For more safety tips and other information about this topic and many others, visit the National Fire Protection Association.

Sources:
American Association of Poison Control Centers
NFPA

NFPA does not test, label or approve any products.



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