Study: Kids exposed to opioids on the rise

Study: Kids exposed to opioids on the rise

March 20, 2017 04:58 PM

As American opioid use has increased, so has the number of children exposed to the drug.

A new study at Nationwide Children's Hospital found poison control centers receive about 30 calls a day about kids and teens who've either misused prescription opioids or took them accidentally.

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Researchers say 60 percent were under the age of five. One-third of the cases involved teenagers.

"Because these are such powerful medications, just even one tablet is all it will take many times to cause really serious outcomes -- including stoppage of breathing and potentially death. That's why we have to be so careful with these medications," warned Dr. Gary Smith with Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Experts say it is extremely important to keep any medications locked up away from young children.


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