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Why injury? It's this simple: more children die from injuries every year than from the next three leading causes of death combined. Nobody knows this because no one is talking about it. In the U.S., one child dies every hour from an injury that could have been prevented. Around the world, a child dies every 30 seconds as the result of an injury. You don’t need to have a child to know that we can do better.

 

National Poison Prevention Week Round-Up

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Source:  AAPCC

Source: AAPCC

Last week was the annual observance of National Poison Prevention Week. We’ve covered poisoning many times on this blog, so instead of offering our perspective, here’s a round-up of poison-related news and information that was shared last week. Check out more from National Poison Prevention Week by clicking here and here.

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Safe Kids Worldwide released a report that looked at what parents know and what they do about safely storing medication at home. The report noted that while most parents know to keep medications stored up, away, and out of their children’s sight, more than half of parents admitted that they didn’t completely follow this practice. Read the whole report here, and take a few minutes to make sure the medications in your home are stored safely.

Children’s Safety Network used its weekly newsletter to highlight the Safe Kids report as well as a couple of its own poison-related resources: “Preventing Unintentional Medication Poisoning in Children: 2016 Resource Guide” and an infographic on e-cigarette/liquid nicotine poisoning.

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Click image above to view full graphic

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) shared information all week on social media, including many great graphics on Twitter.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission published a blog touching on the many issues in poison prevention. (Also from CSPC: a video showing poisons in the home "beyond the bottle", such as carbon monoxide and laundry detergent packets.

Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital published a study showing that poison control centers receive 32 calls a day for children who’ve been exposed to opioids (strong pain relievers such as fentanyl, OxyContin, and Vicodin). See this blog from Nationwide Children's and this article from The Washington Post

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