Adult Drugs and Child Poisonings

This segment of The Law and You features Eugene, Oregon personal injury trial lawyer Lara Johnson bringing awareness to the child poisoning threat posed by access to adult drugs.

JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Lara Johnson. Lara, as part of your Safer Oregon for Children program, you looked at poisonings reported by emergency rooms.

LARA: Joel, the Oregon Poison Control Center reports the leading cause of poisonings in children is the taking of adult medications, especially heart drugs. Children often gain access to these medications while visiting either an elderly relative, or while they are being cared for in the home of an older person. Other adult medicines that poison young children are vitamins with iron, pain and fever reducers, cough and cold medications, and pills for depression. Take a good look at where drugs are kept, especially those without childproof caps and make sure that they are kept in a safe, childproof location.

JOEL: Thanks, Lara.  For more information about adult medications and poison prevention, visit The Law and You is a community service and does not replace the advice of an attorney.

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