Children face increased risk of accidental prescription drug poisoning


[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1370299313&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4082263&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1370299313 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Journal of Pediatrics now says that as adults use more and more prescriptions, the risk of a child poisoning themselves rises.

A study conducted by the journal found that children under the age of six face the greatest risk, followed by teenagers.

Despite safeguards such as child-resistant packaging, more than 70,000 children each year end up in the hospital for accidental drug poisoning.

Researchers found that poisoning from cholesterol medications and high blood pressure drugs lead to the most emergency room visits.

Prescription painkillers and diabetes medications are blamed for the most serious injuries and hospitalizations.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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