Drug used to fight addiction is killing children

A federal study said an anti-addiction drug used to fight the nation’s heroin and painkiller abuse epidemics poses a threat to young children. Kids are accidentally swallowing relatives’ prescriptions, and some have even died.

The drug is called Buprenorphine and a federal study said it’s the prescription medication most commonly seen in kids’ emergency hospitalizations. Virginia Guy with the Drug Education Council said the highest increase is among children under 2-years-old.

“What we’re seeing nationally is that more and more of it is being prescribed and so we see the rates of emergency room visits particularly among little bitty kids,” Guy said.

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