- Dangerous Cold Medications for Children – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned parents that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines are too dangerous for children younger than 2, because serious and potentially life-threatening side effects can occur.
There is considerable risk to children ages 2 to 5, according to the CDC. Allergic reactions and other problems are causing many children to be treated in hospital emergency rooms. Regardless of the fact that other children have apparently not been harmed by OTC cold remedies, these drugs send many babies and toddlers to the emergency rooms.
The FDA nearly recommended they not be used by children ages 6 to 11 either, and has called for more research. The FDA now recommends that parents carefully follow label directions, and be careful in giving more than one product to a child where ingredients are duplicated. Understand that these drugs only treat symptoms—colds are viruses, and the drugs will not make them go away any faster.
- Nearly l in 5 teenagers says it is easier to buy prescription drugs than it is to buy marijuana, beer or cigarettes. Both prescription pain killers and heroin can be snorted, avoiding needle marks.
- Nearly 7 million Americans abused prescription drugs in 2007, more than marijuana, cocaine, heroin and Ecstasy combined—an 80% increase since 2000.
- Parents and Grandparents—lock up your medicine cabinets.
- If you have pain medications in the house which you no longer need, get them out of your house. (see Environment, Recycling, Prescription Drugs)
- Gather police, clergy, school officials and parents to work together to resolve the drug addiction problem in our community.