Pharmaceutical ingestions comprise an important part of pediatric toxicology. Based on the 2015 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System, coupled with recent epidemiology articles on the topic of pediatric toxicology, it is apparent that poison prevention education has not been completely successful in decreasing exposures to toxic drugs. From the unintentional ingestion in a toddler due to unsafe storage to the intentional adolescent ingestion for misuse and abuse, pharmaceutical medications continue to cause harm. Access to adult prescription drugs in the home accounted for most of the exposures in children age =5 years as well as adolescents age 13 to 19 years. Ingestions resulting from more common pharmaceutical exposures are discussed with the hope of increasing awareness about the need for added vigilance.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health