Study: Children being exposed to prescription opioids

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(WKYT/CBS News) - A new study finds poison control centers in the U.S. receive 32 calls a day about children being exposed to prescription opioids.

A study in the journal "Pediatrics found the main groups at risk for exposure are curious youngsters under the age of five and teenagers, looking to either get high or harm themselves.

Researchers looked at data from the National Poison Data System from 2000 to 2015. According to the study, Hydrocodone accounted for the largest proportion of exposures (28.7%).

Parents are advised to keep medicine in its original packaging,
start practicing safe storage as soon as your first child is born, and save the poison help number in your phone, as well as posting it in the house.

Parents can visit to learn what steps you need to take if your child does get into medication.

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