Sunday, October 26, 2008

Prescription Opiates and Kids: One Pill can Kill

Glut of drugs fuels reports of poisonings among very young children

" ... Some 9,179 toddlers and kids under age 6 were exposed to widely prescribed drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and methadone between January 2003 and June 2006, according to a report published online in September in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Eight children died, 43 suffered life-threatening injuries or serious disabilities and 214 required prolonged medical treatment ... "

“For opioids, really, one pill is enough,” said Dart. “One pill can kill or at least cause major effects.”... "

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