The paramedics loaded the gurney onto the ambulance and shut the doors. As they drove away with her mother, six-year-old Cassie looked up at her grandma. Today, she took too much; the emergency crew could not revive her.
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Children who have lost a parent to overdose represent a group that is both large and vulnerable. Preliminary data gathered by the Allegheny County Dept. Over 1, youth in the region have lost a parent to an overdose.
December 28, HealthDay —In the past two decades, opioid overdose death rates among U. Young children have either died from accidental ingestion of narcotics or from intentional poisoning.
Unfortunately, when teens experiment with drugs, lethal overdoses can easily occur. Opioids and narcotics have become increasingly popular with young adults. OxyContin oxycodone and Vicodin hydrocodone are readily available from internet pharmacies and, once swallowed, snorted, or chewed, have a high likelihood of dependence.
As the opioid epidemic continues, teenage overdoses continue to skyrocket. In fact, teen overdoses have doubled between andaccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This correlation could be attributed to the over prescribing of opioid medicationsespecially to teenage patients, in the healthcare industry over the past decade.
Use Your Nose. Have a real, face-to-face conversation when your son or daughter comes home after socializing with friends. If there has been drinking or smoking, the smell will be on their breath, on clothing and in their hair.
Have questions? Prescription and over-the-counter OTC medications, when used correctly, can cure many ills. But when they're abused, misused or left unattended, they can be deadly — especially for children. Children are far more susceptible than adults to the effects of medicines.
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