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Every 8 Minutes a Child is Taken to the ER for Medicine Poisoning

 
Every 8 Minutes a Child is Taken to the ER for Medicine Poisoning

Sixty-four thousand times a year, or once every eight minutes, a young child is taken to the emergency room to be treated for medicine poisoning. 

Kate Carr with Safe Kids Worldwide says there is a growing danger of even more children getting into medicine found around the home now that more grandparents are moving in with their families.

"Older adults take more medications so kids have a greater risk because there's more medicine around. So it's really important to get the word out to both parents and grandparents to keep all medications up and away and out of the reach of our youngest kids," Carr said. 

She also reminds everyone that a child resistant cap does not mean it's necessarily child proof, only that it takes a child a little longer to figure out how to open the bottle.

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