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60,000 Children Are Poisoned Each Year From This

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  • At least 60,000 children are treated in the emergency room each year for accidental medication poisonings
  • Children under 6 years are most at risk
  • Researchers associate the increase in medications prescribed in the past five years to the increase in accidental poisonings in children
  • Call the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 if you know what medication your child took, or your local emergency number (911) if you don’t know. Your child may require immediate medical care to prevent permanent injury or death

By Dr. Mercola

As physicians become more reliant on prescribing medications to treat illness instead of advocating preventive measures, more of our children are suffering from accidental medication poisonings.


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