The deaths caused by prescription opioids overdose are more numerous this year and it is considered that is becoming an epidemic. The problem is that children are now the ones that are poisoned by prescription opioids. A new study found that more and more children are poisoned by their family painkillers.
The findings of the study show that the rate of kids hospitalized for prescription opioids increased 165% since 1997 until 2012. The rate is now 3.71 per 100,000. Doctors are complaining about the fact that more and more opioids are produced, prescribed add sold. The study showed that there are enough opioids for every household to have a bottle of opioids.
If there are so much prescription opioids, children can be curious and the can take some pills in order to see what happens. It is important for parents to keep their children away from every medicine they have.
In order to provide these findings, researchers looked through all of the records with children that went to the hospital with an overdose of prescription opioids. The reports showed that the numbers have diffidently risen since 1997. The fact that opioids can be found as flavored lollipop is a problem because young children can be tempted to try the “lollipop” and they can even overdose
Teenagers can also overdose using their parent prescription opioid. Compared to younger children who just think that these are lollipops, teenagers have suicidal attempts. This happens because the risk of developing depression is bigger at teenagers. 10.17 o of 100,000 were hospitalized due to this problem in 2012.
Doctors are advised to talk to their patients about storing their med away from kids. Doctors also need to stop prescribing these pills because there are too many of them and opioid is a dangerous drug. This treatment is very bad for children because the drugs are designed for adult people with pain problems. Children, who have lower body weight, can experience a lot of problems including respiratory suppression.
Parents should stay alerted at all times and try to “hide” the medicine away from children because are curious and they might try any pill. Maybe if doctors talked more with their patients and explain them the risk the number of children who are poisoned by prescription opioids will be smaller.
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