Opioid Poisonings Rise Sharply Among Toddlers and Teenagers

Note from CAP – Security of medication is so important, especially with children in the home!Opioid Poisonings Rise Sharply Among Toddlers and TeenagersBy DONNA DE LA CRUZOCT. 31, 2016The number of children being hospitalized because of prescription opioid poisoning has risen sharply since 1997, especially among toddlers and older teenagers, researchers from the Yale School of Medicine reported.The study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, analyzed data from the Kids’ Inpatient Database, a national database of pediatric hospitalizations. Looking at data gathered every three years from 1997 through 2012, they identified 13,052 instances in which children and teenagers ages 1 to 19 had been hospitalized for prescription opioid poisonings; 176 of them had died.Among children ages 1 to 4, hospitalizations for opioid poisoning increased by 205 percent. For 15- to 19-year-olds, hospitalizations rose by 161 percent.Children ages 1 to 4 were hospitalized primarily for accidentally ingesting opioids, while the majority of teenagers over […]