Even Toddlers Endangered By Opioids

Child Overdose

More Than 30,000 Children Poisoned By Household Drugs

With millions of parents struggling with addiction, there have been growing numbers of young children suffering from accidental overdose.

As reported by Medical Xpress, tens of thousands of toddlers and preschoolers are accidentally poisoned when they get into the drug stash of a parent or older sibling, claims a new report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

In 2016, U.S. poison control centers received an estimated 30,250 reports of children aged 5 and younger sickened by a wide array of addictive substances—everything from tobacco and e-cigarettes to marijuana and prescription opioid drugs, the report found.

“We think this is a largely overlooked problem as people think about and talk about the problem of substance abuse and addiction in our nation,” said lead researcher Linda Richter, director of policy research and analysis at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

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All signs indicate that an increasing number of young children are being accidentally poisoned by their parents’ pleasure products:

  • Calls to poison control centers about e-cigarettes increased more than 1,400 percent over just three years. Half of all calls related to e-cigarettes and 95 percent related to tobacco cigarettes involved children under the age of 5.
  • The number of young children exposed to alcohol has increased every year since 2012. Those aged 5 and younger account for about one of every four alcohol-related calls to a poison center.

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