Nov 9, 2021

Interviewer: What would you do if a child or a grandchild accidentally got into your opioid pain pills? It can be a deadly scenario. Dr. Jennifer Plumb, what's your advice?

Dr. Plumb: I say the best strategy is to be prepared for the possibility. Even the most careful and prepared homes have incidents where children get into their pills. Kids get into everything. They get into cat litter, and they get into cosmetics. They also get into pills, which oftentimes look like candy. Being prepared with a naloxone rescue kit, which is the antidote to an opioid overdose, can absolutely save the life of a child.

Interviewer: And how do you, as a parent, get one of these kits?

Dr. Plumb: They can get a kit by talking to their physician to get a prescription. There are also several participating pharmacies where you can acquire a kit without a prescription and also local organizations who can help get you a kit if you need one.

updated: November 9, 2021
originally published: September 18, 2017

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