Medicine-related poisoning in young children: Upcoming report

Every 10 minutes in the United States, a child younger than 6 years old is taken to the emergency room for possible poisoning from swallowing a medicine. Each year, unintentional poisonings from medicines cause more emergency room visits for young children than car accidents.

We asked parents and grandparents across the country about the medicines they have in their homes in order to better understand medicine-related poisonings and to see opportunities to reduce poisoning risks. We also asked all adults for their opinion on proposed packaging laws that would make it more difficult for young children to swallow multiple doses.

Our report on medication poisoning in young children will be released early next week. Sign up for our mailing list to receive the report via e-mail as soon as it’s released.

Update: April 16, 2012

The National Poll on Children's Health Report on medicine safety in young children has now been released. Follow the link below to read the full report.