Buy Child-Resistant Packaging

Child-resistant packaging became a requirement for over-the-counter and prescription medications in the early 1970s. Statistics covering only deaths related to aspirin poisoning and poisoning by ingestion of prescription medications revealed that the lives of about 700 children have been saved each year because of these safety devices.

The numbers would probably be higher if the toll from other over-the-counter medications and other products that now have child-resistant caps were added in.

Although you have a choice as to whether or not you have your prescriptions filled in bottles with child-resistant caps or use products that have safety lids, it is clear that child-resistant packaging is one step everyone can take toward reducing the risk of childhood poisoning.

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