Emergency Room Visits are increasing and some of it is due to children that are taken there because of an accidental drug ingestion.
Two-fifths (42.3 percent) of the visits involved patients aged 2 years old, and almost one third (29.5 percent) involved one-year-old patients. The report showed that males accounted for slightly more than half (55.7 percent) of the emergency department visits for accidental drug ingestion among children aged 5 or younger.
This is something we can prevent and it is pretty easy to do. Lock your medicine cabinet, don’t leave medication within reach of any children including your teenagers.
With teenage drug abuse also on the rise we really as adults need to step up our knowledge about this growing problem. Drug addiction treatment offers education to families, addicts and drug education in schools.