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More Drugs Mean More Accidental Poisonings

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Medical advancements can now treat, and even cure, ailments that not long ago would have landed you in a hospital for a rather extended stay. We can stem the tide of heart disease, control chronic diseases like diabetes, and actually win the fight against sneezing and watery eyes during allergy season. New drugs, such as Lipitor, Metformin, and Claritin, happily make this all possible. However, the more prescription medications in a household, the greater the opportunity for misuse and overdose.

 Medical advancements can now treat, and even cure, ailments that not long ago would have landed you in a hospital for a rather extended stay. We can stem the tide of heart disease, control chronic diseases like diabetes, and actually win the fight against sneezing and watery eyes during allergy season. New drugs, such as Lipitor, Metformin, and Claritin, happily make this all possible. However, the more prescription medications in a household, the greater the opportunity for misuse and overdose.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, every day 82 people die, and over 1,900 people are treated for accidental poisoning in hospital emergency departments (EDs). Between 1999 and 2007, deaths from unintentional poisoning increased by 145 percent. Unintentional poisonings most commonly involved opioids or pain relievers, such as Valium and oxycodone.

 

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