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Tips for Medication Safety

Each year in the U.S., more than 700,000 people are seen in a hospital emergency department (ED) for adverse drug events. This includes:

•  Over 177,000 adults age 65 years or older.

•  About 71,000 children (18 years old or younger) due to accidental medicine poisonings. Over 80% of these visits occurred because an unsupervised child found and consumed a medicine.


Many adverse drug problems can be prevented.



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