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Poison Control Centers See Big Jump in Children Ingesting Hand Sanitizer

Poison control centers have seen a nearly 400 percent jump in calls related to children under 12 ingesting hand sanitizer since 2010, according to CNN. Calls increased from 3,266 in 2010 to 16,117 last year. The findings come from an analysis by the Georgia Poison Center. “Kids are getting into…

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-…

CDC Announces $20 Million Program to Reduce Opioid Overdoses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will spend $20 million in 16 states to reduce opioid overdoses, UPI reports. Opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 1999. In 2013, more than 16,000 people died of prescription opioid overdoses in the United States, according to the CDC. In addition, more than…

Congress Unlikely to Overturn Ban on Spending Federal Money for Needle Exchanges

Congress appears unlikely to overturn a ban on using federal money for needle exchanges, despite a severe outbreak of HIV and hepatitis due to increased heroin use in several states,The New York Times reports. The ban, put into place in 1988, prohibits federal money from being used to distribute sterile…

“When the Prescription Becomes the Problem” Social Media Campaign Targets Overdoses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week launched a social media campaign called “When the Prescription Becomes the Problem.” The campaign is designed to raise awareness of prescription painkiller abuse and overdose. The CDC is encouraging people who have been affected by prescription painkiller addiction to share…