Suspected drug overdoses for youth are on the rise in the US. A new study results Suspected Nonfatal Drug-Related Overdoses Among Youth in the US: 2016–2019 adds that nonfatal overdoses increased for those <15 years of age, and suspected stimulant overdoses increased for all youth age groups.
The study also points out that drug overdose deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department (ED) visits have increased from the 1990s to 2018.
The study highlights the need to prevent unintentional ingestion of substances in young children. Reducing ED visits for medication overdoses among young children is an objective of Healthy People 2020.
Childproof packaging of prescription and over-the-counter medications can deter unintentional ingestion among children.