Over 500,000 children age 5 and younger visit the emergency room every year due to medication poisoning. Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center evaluated the data for the medication poisoning and found that, despite only an 8% increase in the children population, there was a 22 percent increase in accidental drug exposures from 2001 to 2008.
The top drug culprits were prescription drugs, accounting for more than half of the uninvited consumption of the drugs. Oxycodone, morphine, and codein were a big part of the medication poisoning. One factor that may be causing an increase in the poisonings is the increase in drug use overall. Prescriptions for oxycodone alone have gone up more than 500 percent in recent years.
What’s the solution? Well, it has been proposed to make opening the bottles more complicated, increasing the time it takes for children to down the meds. Another tip is to store the medications in far to reach places like high-up cabinets. Parents could even lock the drugs up.
The real solution though, is to get healthy so that you don’t need drugs. Drugs are making people sicker, not healthier. Living a healthy lifestyle is easy, and it really is more than just possible to get off all your medications. Use the information on this site and other natural health sources as helpful, inspirational aids.