WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Up and Away campaign, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is reminding parents to keep their medicines up and away and out of sight, especially during the Halloween season, as many children may mistake medicines for candy.
Every year, about 60,000 young children end up in the emergency room after getting into medicines left within their reach. As part of the ongoing campaign to prevent accidental unsupervised ingestions of medicine, this printable infographic for parents illustrates the visual similarities between some medicines and favorite candies and the confusion that can ensue for children.
"This time of year, new kinds of candy are left out in many new places. For a child on the lookout for a treat, it's easy to confuse many medicines with holiday candies," said Dan Budnitz, Director of CDC's Medication Safety Program and manager of its PROTECT Initiative. "It's more important than ever for parents to practice safe storage and keep all medicines up and away and out of sight."
The CDC and Up and Away urge parents to be prepared by saving the Poison Help number—1-800-222-1222—in their phones. Additional resources on safe medicine storage are available at UpandAway.org.
About Up and Away
Up and Away and Out of Sight is an educational campaign to remind families about the importance of safe medicine storage around young children. It is an initiative of PROTECT in partnership with the CDC and CHPA Educational Foundation. For more information, visit: UpandAway.org.
About Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) PROTECT Initiative
The PROTECT Initiative is a collaboration among public health agencies, private sector companies, professional organizations, consumer/patient advocates, and academic experts to develop strategies to keep children safe from unintentional medication overdoses. For more information, visit: CDC.gov/MedicationSafety/PROTECT/PROTECT_Initiative.html.
About the CHPA Educational Foundation
The CHPA Educational Foundation is dedicated to helping consumers lead happier, healthier lives through responsible self-care. Established in 2004, the foundation's mission is to be the trusted source of information on the responsible use of consumer healthcare products including OTC medicines and dietary supplements. For more information, visit: CHPA.org/CHPAFoundation.aspx.
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