The Cleveland Clinic recently conducted a project along with 7th graders from Cincinnati, Ohio about medication mistakes. The project's goal was to find out if kids and teachers could tell medicine from candy. The results of their study were rather alarming.
Out of 30 teachers and 30 kindergarteners, the kindergarten kids could distinguish medicine from candy only 71% of the time, while teachers were only correct in identifying medicine and candy 78% of the time.
The most common mistakes:
- M&M's for Coricidin, an adult cold medicine safe for those with high blood pressure
- SWEETarts for Mylanta, an antacid containing aluminum and magnesium
- Reese's Pieces for Sine-Off, a sinus congestion medication for adults
- SWEETarts for Tums, a calcium antacid.
Most of the kindergarten children in the study were unable to read, or were unable to read well enough to know that the bright colored boxes and tubes of medicine were not candy. This a wake-up call. The students also found that most people do not properly store medicine at home - it isn't locked up out of the reach of children.
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