Anti-addiction medication poses poisoning risk for kids

September 15, 2014 6:17 PM

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Anti-addiction medication poses poisoning risk for kids

An anti-addiction drug used to fight the nation's heroin and painkiller abuse epidemics poses a threat to young children who accidentally swallow relatives' prescriptions, a federal study says. Some children have died.

The study found that the drug, buprenorphine, was the adult prescription medication most commonly implicated in emergency hospitalizations of children aged 6 and younger.

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