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Safe Kids Worldwide Releases New Report on Medication Safety

Monday, March 20, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jessica Austin
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The latest research report from Safe Kids Worldwide, Safe Medicine Storage: A Look at the Disconnect Between Parent Knowledge and Behavior, explores parents’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviors around safe medicine storage.


Every year, more than 59,000 young children are seen in emergency rooms because they got into medicine while a caregiver wasn’t looking – the equivalent of four busloads of kids every day. Most families believe they are being careful about storing medicine away from children; however, our national survey of 2,000 parents revealed a surprising gap between parents’ knowledge of what they should do to protect kids from accidental medicine poisoning and what they are actually doing. We found that 9 in 10 parents agree it is important to store all medicine up high and out of reach after every use, but nearly 7 in 10 told us that they often store medicine within a child’s sight - on a shelf or surface at or above counter height.


Parents are often choosing convenience over caution by storing medicine in a handy and visible location for easy access or as a memory aid. We found that 4 in 10 parents agreed that it is okay to keep daily medicine on the kitchen counter or in another visible location so it is handy. Our survey also said that nearly 5 in 10 parents agreed that when a child is sick, it is okay to keep medicine handy and visible between doses. These findings are alarming, and supports the need for more medication safety education and outreach efforts. 


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