Unintentional poisoning injures hundreds of U.S. children every year, according
to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and medications
are a common source of poisoning. However, parents and caregivers can
take simple steps to prevent the children in their own homes from joining
To help protect the young people in your household, consider the following tips:
Keep medicines in a central location – out of children’s reach. If you’ve had bottles of unused medication for some time, it can
be easy to forget they’re in the house, making it even easier for
kids to find them and hurt themselves. Store all medications in the same
place, and make sure it’s out of children’s reach.
Don’t forget supplements. Vitamins, herbal supplements, and similar substances can cause the same
harm to children as prescription or over-the-counter medications if they
are ingested in large quantities. Keep these in the same safe place you
Dispose of unused medication properly. Unused medications can often be dropped off at collection points, which
may be found online or in the local paper. If no collection is available,
mix old medications with an offensive substance like used cat litter or
coffee grounds and dispose of them in the trash.
If you or someone you love has been poisoned or injured by a defective
product or its packaging, please don’t hesitate to contact the focused
San Jose injury attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP. Our number is (800) 900-0863, and your
initial consultation is free and confidential. Call today to learn more
about your legal rights.