National Poison Prevention week is almost here and the Nebraska Regional Poison Center wants everyone to be informed on how to prevent accidental poisoning and what to do if someone ingests a harmful material.
The number to your poison center is 1-800-222-1222. This number should be programmed into and located near every phone in the United States.
The fastest growing drug problem in the United States is the abuse of prescription medications. It is estimated that 30,000 Americans will die from prescription drug abuse and overdoses this year.
Poisonings are the leading cause of unintentional home injury deaths for those ages 15 to 59, largely resulting from unintentional drug overdoses of prescription medications.
Most people take prescription medications responsibly; however there has been a steady increase in the non-medical use of prescription drugs. The most commonly abused medications are the class of drugs known as prescription painkillers, which include drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and methadone.
Most often, those who abuse prescription drugs get them from someone close to them. More than three out of four people who misuse prescription painkillers use drugs prescribed to someone else.
The Poison Center offers these tips on medications: