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Childhood Poisoning Safeguards

Monday, May 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rebecca Roberts
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Today, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) released a new report, 

Childhood Poisoning: Safeguarding Young Children from Addictive Substances, which outlines the unacceptably high rates at which young children are exposed to nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, prescription medications, marijuana and other illicit drugs.


In this report, you will find a comprehensive approach for addressing the problem of childhood poisonings, an underestimated consequence of America's current addiction epidemic, and learn why it is never too early to practice effective prevention.


Over the past decade, increasing numbers of young children have experienced serious consequences from exposure to addictive, toxic substances, such as seizures, respiratory problems and even, in extreme cases, death. In 2016 alone, there were 30,520 reports made to poison control centers of young children exposed to these products.


We invite you to download the free report here and to share it widely, whether in person or online, with colleagues, partners and relevant policymakers. There, you will also find fact sheets containing pertinent information for parents and for health care professionals.


If you have any questions about the report, please do not hesitate to contact Linda Richter, Ph.D., Director of Policy Research and Analysis at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, and lead author of the report at


About The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

We are a national nonprofit research and policy organization focused on improving the understanding, prevention and treatment of substance use and addiction. Founded in 1992 by former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Joseph A. Califano, Jr., our interdisciplinary experts collaborate with others to promote effective policies and practices. For more information, visit