Giving Children Unnecessary Medicine Can be Child Abuse

The malicious use of alcohol and medicines is a form of child abuse, according to a new report.  Researchers reviewed cases reported to the National Poison Data System between 2000 and 2008.

According to U.S. News & World Report:

“The review included over 1,400 cases, and nearly 14 percent led to moderate or major consequences for children, including death. In about half of the cases, children were given at least one sedative. On average, 160 cases of pharmaceutical abuse, including two deaths, were reported each year.”

Motives for the abuse included punishment, amusement, or a desire for a break from childcare responsibilities.

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