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CDC/CHPA Launches a Safe Medicine Storage Program

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With cold and flu season upon us there will be more cough and cold medicine in homes across the country. Despite childproof caps and safety warnings, the number of accidental overdoses in children increased by 20 percent in recent years. And with more than 60,000 young children ending up in ERs every year because they got into medicines while their parent or caregiver was not looking, we can all use more information on how to keep our families safe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation, in partnership with The PROTECT Initiative, recently launched a program called the Up and Away and Out of Sight'?? an educational initiative to help remind parents and caregivers about the importance of safe medicine storage to protect children.

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Through the program, parents and caregivers are provided with tools they need to remember that all medicines and vitamins should always be kept up and away and out of a child'??s reach and sight '?? every time they are used.

Here are some tips from the Up and Away and Out of Sight program to ensure that your family stays safe:

  • Store medicines in a safe location that is too high for young children to reach or see or see.
  • Never leave medicine or vitamins out on a kitchen counter or at a sick child'??s bedside, even if you have to give the medicine again in a few hours.
  • Always relock the safety cap on a medicine bottle. If it has a locking cap that turns, twist it until you hear the click.
  • Tell children what medicine is and why you must be the one to give it to them.
  • Never tell children medicine is candy so they'??ll take it, even if your child does not like to take his or her medicine.
  • Remind babysitters, houseguests, and visitors to keep purses, bags, or coats that have medicines in them up and away and out of sight when they are in your home.
  • Program the poison control center number 1-800-222-1222 into your home and cell phones so you will have it when you need it.

For additional information on this program, please visit: http://www.upandaway.org/

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