FDA Strengthens Warnings, Says Kids Shouldn’t Take This Common Medicine Anymore

Did you know that more than 14 kids out of 100,000 are accidentally exposed to opiates—typically in their own homes? While younger children often take medications by accident, teenagers are more likely to purposely take or abuse prescription opioids that are not prescribed to them.

While most parents know they shouldn’t keep medications in full view of kids, just 7 out of 10 parents admitted they don’t actually follow through with those rules in their own homes.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently made some changes with respect to painkillers in children and breastfeeding women.

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As a result, they are requiring several changes to the labels of all prescription medicines containing these drugs.

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