17 Sep '11, 1pm

Children falling victim to increasingly medicated society | Health | The Earth Times

Children falling victim to increasingly medicated society | Health | The Earth Times

The numbers of children being poisoned by prescription drug overdoses has reached such a level that an American hospital has set up a special project to try and get the numbers down. The PROTECT Initiative is the work of Randall Bond MD of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, who is publishing his work in the Journal of Pediatrics . Bond was shocked by the increasing number of poisoning cases he saw in his work as an emergency doctor. "The problem of paediatric medication poisoning is getting worse, not better," he said. "More children are exposed, more are seen in emergency departments, more are admitted to hospitals, and more are harmed each year." The levels of overdose are frighteningly high with 55 percent of emergency visits to hospital down to medication. Of those admitted as inpatients, 76 percent, had medication poisoning as had 71 percent of the chi...

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