• Tis the Season for Medicine Safety

    Every year, thousands of young children are taken to hospital emergency departments after they get into medicines while their parents or caregivers aren't looking. According to a recent Safe Kids Worldwide report:

  • Teens and steroids: A dangerous combo

    The teenage years can be very awkward for young boys and girls. They may feel uncomfortable because their bodies are developing slower than some of the others kids their age. Or, they may be involved in sports and feel they need to increase their muscle mass or athletic performance. For these reasons, some teenagers resort to trying steroids, drugs that mimic the actions of the male sex hormone testosterone. Steroids promote cell growth, especially in the muscles. However, steroids also have very serious adverse effects that may cause permanent organ damage.

  • FDA approves home-use auto-injector to treat opioid overdoses

    In April, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first home-use naloxone auto-injector, Evzio (Figure 1), for people who accidentally overdose on an opioid (narcotic). The lifesaving auto-injector allows you or a family member to quickly inject the medicine to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose until emergency medical assistance is available. The medicine can be given to an adult or a child.

  • Over-the-Counter Medicines

    Consumer Med Safety Announces the new Over-the-Counter Medicines, Tools and Resources Section

    All the information you need – and plenty of information you didn’t even know you needed - so you and your family use OTC medications with utmost safety.


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