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Most poison control calls about medicine.

Nearly half of the more than 1.3 million calls to U.S. poison control centers every year are related to children and medicine, according to a March report from Safe Kids Worldwide and the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

"Medicine Safety for Children: An In-Depth Look at Calls to Poison Centers" reports that in 2013, about 660,900 calls to poison control centers involved children and teens ages 19 and younger getting into medicine, including incidences in which medicine was taken unintentionally or with the intent to misuse or abuse it. Among the more than 547,000 calls about unintentional exposures to medicine or dosing mistakes, 81 percent were for unintentional exposures and 19 percent were for therapeutic errors. However, the report found that the number of calls related to young children receiving too much medicine or the wrong kind of medicine outside of a hospital setting increased 43 percent between 2002 and 2012, with the exception of calls about cough and cold medicine.

Overall, poison control Centers reported that children ages 1 to 4 and teens ages 15 to 19 are at greatest risk of medicine poisoning.

To download a copy of the report, visit www.

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Title Annotation:NATION IN BRIEF
Author:Krisberg, Kim
Publication:The Nation's Health
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2015
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