A new study is revealing a scary statistic about children and an opioid medication.
More than 11,000 call about kids’ exposure to buprenorphine were reported between 2007-2016. Among those, the overall exposure rate per 1 million increased by 215.6% from 2007 to 2010.
That’s according to a study published in the Journal Academics. Nearly 90% of the incident’s occurred with children under the age of six. Most of the exposures were accidental.
Buprenorphine stimulates opiate receptors and is also a blocker, so it doesn’t create a typical opiate high.
The study’s authors recommend disposing of unused medications, keeping children proof caps on container and leaving medications in their properly labeled boxes as ways to deter kids from getting into them.