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Opioid overdose among children has doubled

A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics said the number of children overdosing on opioids has doubled since 2004. (WKRC)

OAKLEY, Ohio (WKRC) - A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics said the number of children overdosing on opioids has doubled since 2004.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said about 60,000 children end up in emergency rooms each year because they're ingesting medication while adults are not watching.

Researchers believe many of these overdoses were likely caused by the child taking prescription medications after discovering them at home.

Here are some ideas to protect children from overdosing:

  • Keep medicines out of children's reach and out of sight.
  • Lock them up if you need to.
  • Remember to always put them away immediately, even those daily vitamins you may take.

Children's Hospital has been in the news for its innovative treatment of opioid-exposed babies.

The First Lady visited Children's in early February to learn about the program.

You can also prevent accidental overdose by teaching your child or children in your care about medicine safety and never tell them that medicine is candy.

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