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Children's deaths by poisoning have fallen 82% over 32 years

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 16 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:644
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The number of children younger than 10 years old dying from poisoning in England and Wales dropped by 82% in the 32 years up to 2000. Improvements in safety in the home, including changes in the packaging of drugs, may be partly responsible.

    According to a new report, the number of annual deaths in the under 10s fell from 165 in 1968 to 30 in 2000. The biggest decline was in the youngest children, with the death rate for children under 1 year old almost six times greater in …

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