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More effort needed to prevent unintentional drug poisoning in children

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 07 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3210
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. 1Quebec

    The rate of unintentional poisoning from drugs among US residents aged 18 and younger is twice that caused by non-pharmaceutical consumer products (9.2 compared with 4.2 emergency visits per 10 000 a year), a study has found (American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2009, doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2009.05.018).

    Drug use among outpatients is increasingly common in the United States, with 82% of adults and 56% of children taking at least one drug every week, says the study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Use …

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