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'One pill can kill': Effects of unintentional opioid exposure in young children

Medication poisonings among children are an important public health problem.  During 2010-2011, an average of 1500 children under 6 years of age was evaluated in emergency departments each year due to unintentional exposure to buprenorphine. Ingestion of strong opioids, such as buprenorphine, can cause central nervous system depression, respiratory depression, and death in young children. 
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