Prevent Poisoning and Drug Overdose
Prescription Drug Overdose
The most common poisoning is from prescription drugs – particularly opioid pain medication. Every day, 52 people die from opioids. They become quickly addicted without realizing what's happening. The drugs are overprescribed by doctors, shared among family members and stolen from medicine cabinets.
Children are misusing prescription drugs at an alarming rate, and even over-the-counter medications, like cold medicines and sleeping aids, can be dangerous.
This epidemic is a major initiative of the National Safety Council. Start here to learn what they're doing to end it and how you can help – and be sure to keep the National Poison Control Center number, (800) 222-1222, on your phone.
Other Poisons in the Home
More than 90% of all poisonings happen at home. Familiarize yourself with the dangers that lurk there:
- Find out if radon gas is seeping in
- Learn about the invisible killer, carbon monoxide
- Lead poisoning is not yesterday's news; is your home at risk?
- Serious injuries and death from button batteries have increased nine-fold in the last decade
- Household products, like cleaners and pesticides, can easily fall into the wrong little hands
- Do you know how to childproof your home?