Study finds high number of ED visits for drug-related poisonings

03/1/2011 | WebMD

U.S. researchers who looked at data from 2007 estimated that drug-related poisonings send around 700,000 people annually -- or 1,900 people every day -- to emergency departments, with children age 5 and younger, accounting for the highest rate compared with all age groups. About 44% of the ED visits were because of antidepressants and pain medications, according to the study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

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