NEJM - Opioid Hospitalizations Among Young Children, Older Teens Show Sharp Increase

By Thomas Bauer Moderator | 01 Nov, 2016

I would like to thank Terry Hannan for referring this article to me. According to a NEJM Journal Watch article "Opioid hospitalizations more than doubled among U.S. children and adolescents from 1997 to 2012 . Accidental poisonings increased in all age groups. Poisonings with self-harm or suicidal intent increased among those aged 10 and older — in particular, among those aged 15–19."

"The medical community needs to develop a safety plan for parents to store the pills and make their homes safe for their children," the study's lead author told the New York Times. "Physicians prescribing medications to an adult, or even a teen, need to ask if there are younger kids in the household and, if so, to make sure they know how potent the drugs are and to keep them out of reach of kids"

Please see attached for the full article

Attached resource:



Thomas Bauer Moderator Replied at 10:10 AM, 1 Nov 2016

Please see the attached Wall Street Journal's perspective on the NEJM article detailing opioid use in young children

Attached resource: