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Blog Post created by Lisa Braxton on Mar 17, 2017
The latest report from Safe Kids Worldwide™, Safe Medicine Storage: A Look at the Disconnect between Parent Knowledge and Behavior, explores parents’ knowledge, attitudes, and behavior around medicine storage.
According to the report, every year, more than 59,000 young children are seen in emergency rooms because they got into medicine while a caregiver wasn’t looking – the equivalent of four busloads of kids every day. Most families believe they are being careful about storing medicine away from children; however, a national survey of 2,000 parents revealed a surprising gap between parents’ knowledge of what they should do to protect kids from accidental medicine poisoning and what they are actually doing.
The survey showed that 9 in 10 parents agree it is important to store all medicine up high and out of reach after every use, but nearly 7 in 10 said that they often store medicine within a child’s sight – on a shelf or surface at or above counter height.
Parents are often choosing convenience over caution by storing medicine in a handy and visible location for easy access or as a memory aid. In fact, 4 in 10 parents agreed that it is okay to keep daily medicine on the kitchen counter or in another visible location so it is handy, and nearly 5 in 10 parents agreed that when a child is sick, it is okay to keep medicine handy on the kitchen counter or in another visible location between doses. These findings support the need for more medication safety education and outreach efforts.