May 17, 2016

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Poll- Many Parents Keep Prescription Opioids at Home

Health care providers should better explain the risks of pain pill access — and encourage parents to properly dispose of leftover medication.

Nearly half of parents whose child had leftover pain medication from a surgery or illness say they kept the prescription opioids at home — representing a potential problem down the line.

Parents whose child’s provider discussed what to do with the pills, however, were far more likely to dispose them properly, according to a report from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.


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