Pediatric ER Visits for Accidental Medication Poisoning Decline

Pediatric ER Visits for Accidental Medication Poisoning Decline

The number of children who end up in the emergency room due to accidental medication poisoning is declining, according to a new government study.

Approximately 640,000 children age 5 and younger were treated in emergency rooms for ingesting drugs between 2004 and 2013. Of these children, 70 percent were 1- or 2-year-olds, the researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Almost one-fifth were hospitalized.

During the early 2000s, the number of children’s ER visits increased, peaking at about 76,000 in 2010. The visits decreased to about 59,000 visits in 2013.

Full story of children ER visits and medication poisoning decline at drugfree.org