Storing medications meant for older adults in easy-to-open containers or easy-to-reach locations could elevate risk of intentional misuse or accidental poisoning among their grandkids, suggests the findings from the National Poll on Healthy Aging.
For the study, the researchers asked over 2000 older adults aged between 50 and 80 years questions related to their medication storage habits. The findings showed that roughly 40% of the kids, treated in emergency units for poisoning related to medications, had their grandparents’ medications.
Over 80% of grandparents said that they store their medication at the same regular spot when their grandkids come to visit them at their house. On the other hand, 72% of grandparents store their medicines in their bag or purse while visiting their grandkids. And around 1/3rd said that they keep their medications in some other thing than the original container, with majority of them utilizing easy-to-open containers.
Such practices might put kids at accidental poisoning risk if they took to their grandparent’s medicines, said the researchers. Moreover, older grandkids hold the chances for abuse for instance sedatives and pain medications due to ease of access.
To conclude with, the findings suggests that the grandparents require more education related to safe storage of their medications when around kids and teens, be it for a regular child-care session or holiday visit.