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Besides motor vehicle accidents, the second leading cause of injury death in the US is drug-related poisoning, according to a new study published inThe American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
The study indicates that nearly 700,000 people end up in emergency rooms (ER) every year from pharmaceutical drug poisoning — and most of these visits involve young children.
Roughly 28,000 people die every year due to drug-related poisoning, and the highest poisoning rates are among children under five years of age.
Forty-three percent of all these poisonings are caused by antidepressant drugs and common painkillers, many of which are available without a prescription.