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Top 5 Poisonings

Top 5 poisonings for children 5 and younger:

  1. Personal Care Products (i.e. hand sanitizers)
  2. Household cleaning substances (i.e. bleach, laundry pods)
  3. Analgesics (i.e. children’s liquid acetaminophen)
  4. Foreign Objects (i.e. toys, silica gel, glow sticks)
  5. Dietary Supplements/Herbals (i.e. melatonin)

Top 5 poisonings for people 20 and older:

  1. Analgesics (i.e. adult strength acetaminophen and ibuprofen)
  2. Sedative/Hypnotics/Antipsychotics (i.e. benzodiazepines)
  3. Antidepressants
  4. Cardiovascular Drugs
  5. Household Cleaning Products (i.e. bleach)

Poison Prevention Tips:

  • Keep medicines and household products up high and out of reach of children
  • Use child-resistant packaging, but remember nothing is child-proof
  • Read the label and follow the directions on medicines and products
  • Store poisons in the original containers
  • Take your medicines where children can’t watch
  • Teach child to ask an adult before eating or drinking anything