Published: July 22, 2010
Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and
Dorothy Caputo, MA, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, Nurse Planner
Data from U.S. poison control centers revealed an average of 160 cases of "malicious" use of pharmaceuticals in children younger than 7 annually over a nine-year period, Shan Yin, MD, MPH, of Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver, reported online in the Journal of Pediatrics.
The most commonly used drugs were analgesics, stimulants/street drugs, sedatives/hypnotics/antipsychotics, and cough and cold preparations.
This article was developed in collaboration with ABC News.
Primary source: Journal of Pediatrics
Yin S "Malicious use of pharmaceuticals in children" J Pediatr 2010; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2010.05.040.