Medication Safety

Safe Kids Worldwide has partnered with McNeil Consumer Healthcare to raise awareness of medication-related injuries in children in teens. We work to decrease these preventable injuries by educating parents, grandparents and caregivers about responsible storage, dosing and disposal of medicine.

The goals of our initiative are to:

  • Educate parents, grandparents and other caregivers of children and teens about appropriate storage, dosing and disposal of medicine.
  • Raise public awareness to influence changes in knowledge and behavior by promoting key messages in the community, in the media and through partner organizations.
  • Engage partners and establish new partnerships to enhance the impact of medication safety efforts.

Statistics

  • 500,000 parents and caregivers call a poison control center a year due to a child getting into medicine or taking the wrong dose
  • In 2012, more than 64,000 kids were treated in an emergency room for medicine poisoning; that's one child every 8 minutes
  • 86% of emergency room visits for medicine poisoning were due to the child getting into adult medicine

What You Can Do

  • Keep all medicine up and away when young children are around- even medicine you take every day
  • Be alert to medicines stored in other locations, like pills in purses, vitamins on counters and medicines in or on nightstands
  • Store children's medicine in an out-of-reach place, including between doses
  • Choose child-resistant caps for medicine bottles, if you're able to
  • Coordinate with other caregivers about when and which medicine should be given

If you know or suspect that a child has ingested or been exposed to a medication or potential poison, do not hesitate to call 911 or the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. 

If you are interested in medication safety materials, please contact Janna Day at (515) 241-3262.