AZ poison center receives 10 calls a day about kids getting into medicine

Updated: Mar. 30, 2017 at 7:30 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Every year, 60,000 children are seen in emergency rooms because they got into medicine.

Keith Bosen, director of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, said they get about 10 calls a day about a child under the age 6 getting into some sort of medication.

Every case doesn't send the child to the emergency room but he said it is a good reminder that just because a bottle of medication has a child-resistant top, doesn't mean a kid can't get into it.

Bosen said these lids are designed to slow a child down, not keep every child out.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, 44 to 55 percent of all accidental poisonings happen when a child gets into child-resistant packaging.

Bosen said medication is the item they get the most calls about when it comes to children 5 years old and younger ingesting something. He added that is why it is so important that medication is stored out of reach and out of sight.

"Kids will gain access to anything if they are curious enough," he said. "It really doesn't take that much time and a lot of this is not the parents' fault. You can't watch your child 24 hours a day so sometimes accidents do happen."

Bosen said if you believe your child has accidentally ingested some medication give the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center a call and they can walk you through what steps to take next. Their number is 1-800-222-1222.

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