It’s natural for children to explore their surroundings – unless they’re getting into the medicine cabinet where medicines are kept. Safe Kids Grant County reminds parents to make sure they store medicines out of their children’s sight and reach.
Nationally each year, unintentional poisoning is the cause of death for approximately 100 children ages 14 years and under. Poison control centers in the United States receive 1.2 million calls as a result of accidental poisoning of children ages 5 and under. Nearly 90 percent of these occur in the home, and nearly half involve pharmaceutical and over-the-counter medications. According to the Washington State Department of Health, from 2005-2009 eleven Grant County children ages 0-14 were hospitalized for 2 days or more due to poisonings involving drugs prescription, over-the-counter, and recreational drugs.