(HealthDay) -America's Opioid epidemic is taking its toll on the nation's children – some as young as infants.
The number of adolescents hospitalized for opioid poisoning tripled between 1997 and 2012 and, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the largest increase was among toddlers and preschoolers.
There are several ways to protect children from these remedies Painkillers, says Sheila Goertemoeller, Drug Abuse Specialist at the Drug and Poison Information Center of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital
- Store all medications, especially prescription painkillers, in a safe place. Count and monitor the pills; and stop the click when you finish the container.
- Remove unused painkillers. Call your local poison center at 800-222-1
- Make sure grandparents receive their medication keep safe. Children are more likely to overdose in grandparents' homes because many older adults are taking multiple medications and are using pill organizers that are not child resistant.
- Know the signs of overdose and how to get first aid. Symptoms may include dizziness, fainting, vomiting and heavy or irregular breathing. If overdose occurs, immediately dial 9-1-1 or the poison center.
- Text "poison" to 797979 to automatically add the poison emergency number to your contact list.
Poison prevention at home
The American Academy of Pediatrics is more focused on poison prevention.