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CDC reminds parents, grandparents to keep medications ‘Up and away” from kids

Leslie Penkunas//July 23, 2019

CDC reminds parents, grandparents to keep medications ‘Up and away” from kids

Leslie Penkunas//July 23, 2019

The Up and Away campaign, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is reminding parents and caretakers to keep their medicines up and away and out of sight and reach this travel season and always.

One hundred million Americans will pack up and hit the road this year for summer vacations, according to AAA, and data from AARP shows us that a majority of these families will travel with grandparents or to grandparents’ homes. This year, there are more grandparents than ever in the United States — up 24 percent in the past 18 years, according to AARP. With nearly three out of four older adults taking either an over-the-counter or prescription medicine, young children are at an unprecedented risk for accidental medicine ingestion.

Every year, about 60,000 young children end up in the emergency room after getting into medicines left within their reach. The Up and Away campaign aims to prevent accidental ingestion of medicine in young children by educating parents and caregivers about safe medicine storage. A printable tip sheet for parents and caregivers when traveling is available in English and Spanish.

The CDC and Up and Away urge parents to be prepared by saving the Poison Help number in their phones—1-800-222-1222—or texting “POISON” to 797979 to save the information automatically. Additional resources on safe medicine storage are available at UpandAway.org.