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Study Finds U.S. Children’s Hospital Intensive Care Admissions for Opioid Overdoses Double

Researchers published data in the April 2018 journal Pediatrics that shows the opioid epidemic is growing.  "Opioid-Related Critical Care Resource Utilization in U.S. Children's Hospitals" is the first national study to examine how often children end up in critical care from ingesting opioids. Of 4,175,624 hospital admissions to 31 different children's hospitals during the study period, 3,647 patients were admitted for opioid-related conditions. This study shows the number of pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admissions for opioid overdoses doubled between 2004 and 2015. Many of these children needed help with their breathing and blood pressure due to ingestion.
Authors of the study said this finding suggests an increased risk to young children when parents or family members are being treated for their own opioid addiction or using methadone themselves.
Take a look around your house – what medications should be removed. Do I still have that codeine cough medication? Those pain killers from your knee surgery? That Vicodin from your dental extraction? Keeping our children healthy starts with us. Make a promise to yourself and properly dispose of  dangerous and unneeded medications from your home.
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