Drug accidents send more kids under the age of 6 to the emergency room than car crashes. About 10,000 cases a year involve liquid medications, such as cough and cold medicines, as well as infant and child versions of the pain reliever and fever reducer acetaminophen (Tylenol and generic versions). It takes only a moment of caregiver inattention for a curious little one to grab a medicine bottle to try to get to the syrupy liquid inside.
In addition to the child-resistant caps required by law, manufacturers are voluntarily designing some bottles to make it harder for kids to get to the contents. These new bottles use a small device called a flow restrictor to reduce how much medication can be extracted from the bottle—a step we enthusiastically applaud.
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While this is nice, there are more overdoses resulting in deaths in the US from prescription drugs than cocaine and heroine combined. Not sure what that means, other than maybe we need to be more safe with our adult medications?
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