Painkiller poisonings among kids on the rise

The proportion of high-strength painkiller poisonings among children which result in emergency hospital admissions has increased, researchers have revealed.

The study involving more than 200,000 US paediatric cases of pain-relief misuse, abuse or self-harm highlights how the opioid crisis is affecting young people.

The results, published in the journal Clinical Toxicology, show that although the number of incidents reported overall has dropped since 2005, the threat to life is rising.

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