A Toronto-based research institute says young children whose mothers are prescribed opioids are at an increased risk of overdose — most often through accidental ingestion.
The study was done by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.
It used 2002-2015 health records to identify 103 children aged 10 or younger who were treated in an Ontario hospital for an overdose and whose mothers had been prescribed an opioid in the preceding year.
It found the kids whose moms were given an opioid had more than twice the risk of suffering an overdose compared to children whose mothers were put on anti-inflammatory pills.
David Juurlink co-authored the study, and says it underlines the need keep pills well out of children’s reach — ideally under lock and key.
(The Canadian Press)