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NATIONAL POISON PREVENTION WEEK UNDERSCORES NEED FOR PRECAUTIONS

 NATIONAL POISON PREVENTION WEEK
 UNDERSCORES NEED FOR PRECAUTIONS
 TWINSBURG, Ohio, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- None of us would deliberately poison our loved ones, yet every year hundreds of thousands of children and adults require hospital treatment for accidental poisonings.
 To help combat this problem, the federal government has designated the third week in March as National Poison Prevention Week. Revco Drug Stores encourages everyone to prevent accidental poisonings by educating family and friends and taking proper precautions.
 First, check your phone book for the nearest Poison Control Center, and post their phone number in a visible location. There are more than 104 centers throughout the United States that deal with accidental poisonings. These experts know the danger of most medicines and substances found in the home and maintain treatment information for accidental ingestion. A prompt call to your local Poison Control Center can reduce injuries and may mean the difference between life and death.
 Second, there are some important things to know about poison safety. Remember that otherwise beneficial products such as medicines can be toxic in the wrong hands. The pharmacists at Revco recommend the following:
 -- Teach children to ask first before putting anything into their mouths.
 -- Learn about any drugs you must take or give to children, including side effects. Consult your pharmacist or doctor if you have any questions about prescriptions or over-the-counter medications.
 -- Never call medicine "candy," and don't take any medications in front of children. They love to imitate and play "grown-up."
 -- Keep all medications in their original containers. Never store them in unmarked containers. In the event of an accidental poisoning, the original label will contain vital information.
 -- Discard old prescription drugs regularly. Medications with expiration dates that have passed should be flushed down the toilet, not discarded in the trash.
 -- Don't assume that safety caps are truly child-proof. Safety caps are child-resistant, but many toddlers can open them within 10 minutes.
 -- Wipe off residue accumulating on the caps of liquid drugs. This residue can diminish the child-resistant feature.
 -- Grandparents and other family members should "poison-proof" their homes before children come to visit. Many children are accidentlly poisoned by products that belong to grandparents or other relatives.
 -- Call your Poison Control Center, doctor or pharmacist as soon as you suspect a child or adult may have swallowed something harmful. Don't wait for symptons.
 Finally, learn about syrup of ipecac; it is the safest, most effective medicine for specific types of oral poisoning and is available without prescription at most drugstores. Ipecac induces vomiting and removes poison from the stomach, preventing further absorption into the body. Given orally, ipecac should cause vomiting within 15-20 minutes. Your pharmacist can explain ipecac's uses.
 If poisoning does occur, ipecac should be used only with the guidance of the Poison Control Center or health care professional. It is important to note that syrup of ipecac should never be used when a caustic chemical -- such as in most household cleaners -- has been ingested. Why? Because such caustic cleaners are capable of burning the esophagus, throat or lips when they are swallowed and forced up by the ipecac.
 Syrup of ipecac, and all the safety precautions listed here, should be maintained in all homes -- but especially in those with young children. Playing it safe is the smart thing to do.
 Revco is a privately held company based in Twinsburg, Ohio, with annual sales of $1.9 billion. Revco fills more than 46 million prescriptions a year, and operates 1,150 drug stores in 10 contiguous eastern states.
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 /CONTACT: Diana Lueptow of Revco D.S., Inc. 216-425-9811, ext. 6145/ CO: Revco D.S., Inc ST: Ohio IN: SU:


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