What is preventable and sends 60,000 kids to the ER each year?
About 60,000 young children end up in the ER each year due to accidental poisoning from medications — that’s more than poisoning from all household products combined. As part of the Poison Prevention Week Council (PPWC), CDC urges parents and caregivers to prevent medication poisoning by keeping medicines up, away, and out of sight of children.
For National Poison Prevention Week, the PPWC and individual partners will take to social media to bring awareness to common, and often hidden, poison dangers, as well as to offer simple steps you can take to prevent poisonings.
- All week: follow the hashtags #PreventPoison or #NPPW16
- Wed., 3/23 from 1-2 pm ET: Participate in a Twitter Chat hosted by the Alliance for Aging Research (@aging_research) in partnership with the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition, the American Association of Poison Control Centers, CHPA Educational Foundation, and the National Council on Patient Information & Education. You can follow the @aging_research chat by using #SafeMedsChat. Topics will include:
- Tips on how and when to take (and not take) medications
- Guidance on safely storing medications to keep them out of the hands of young children and those who might want to abuse medications
- Info on how to safely dispose of unwanted medications
Too excited to wait? Using #PreventPoison or #NPPW16 post about other Poison Prevention topics every day this week:
Monday- Children Act Fast … So Do Poisons
Tuesday- Poison Centers: Saving You Time and Money
Wednesday- Poisonings Span a Lifetime
Thursday- Home, Safe Home
Friday- Medication Safety
Tell your network about National Poison Prevention Week and follow @PreventPoison!
For more info, check out the Poison Prevention Week’s Facebook page.