Household survey of child-safe packaging for medications

J. A. Gulaid, R. S. Hadsall, J. J. Sacks, A. I. Wertheimer

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In an investigation of the prevalence of safety packaging of medications, 131 randomly selected Minneapolis and St. Paul households with children were surveyed in 1985. Of the 1,953 oral medications in these households (mean was 14.9 per home), 43.3 percent did not have safety packaging. Over-the-counter medications were less likely to have safety packaging than prescription medications (over-the-counter 53.1 percent, prescription 25 percent). This high prevalence of medications without safety packaging in households with children could increase the risk of childhood poisoning. Strategies to reduce this potential risk are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)430-432
Number of pages3
JournalPublic Health Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990


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