It’s hard to call an opioid overdose an accident when it happens to a young child — at home and under supervision. Some fatal poisonings are deliberate or even malicious. But such is the opioid epidemic.
Christopher E. Gaw, MD, MBE, assistant professor at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, shares the latest findings from his recent study on fatal poisonings among young children. His findings include common themes, risk factors and demographic characteristics among victims; the shift from prescription to synthetic opioids; and as a result, how the emergency department has had to adapt to better counsel families on childproofing and preventing accidental ingestions; examples of community involvement and intervention; and more.
Listen in as Katie Lockwood, MD, a primary care pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, discusses hot topics in primary care with CHOP subject-matter-experts as they weigh in on issues affecting the daily practice of pediatricians. This podcast is for general informational and educational purposes only and is not to be considered as medical advice for any particular patient. Clinicians must rely on their own informed clinical judgment in making recommendations to their patients.
This Primary Care Perspectives Podcast episode was originally released on August 30, 2023.
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