REPORT: Kids Ingest Potentially Poisonous Medication 500,000 Times Per Year

According to a new report by the children’s medical safety advocacy group Safe Kids Worldwide, “a parent or caregiver calls a poison control center after a young child gets into medication, or is given the wrong dose of medicine” every single minute due to unsecured pills and bottles.

In a press release accompanying the report, Safe Kids Worldwide CEO Kate Carr said, “Ask any parent, and they will tell you they store medicine where children can’t get them. But they might not be thinking of pills stored in purses, vitamins left on counter tops or a diaper rash remedy near a changing table.” The findings, summarized in a report infographic below, support results from a 2012 study by the group finding that child poisoning deaths from medications doubled between 1979 and 2006: