Overdose of the common houshold drug acetaminophen leads to more than 78,000 emergency department visits a year, and the majority of the overdoses are intentional, according to a new study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
It's a big problem and the study found three main causes among emergency room patients.
"About 70 percent are for self-harm attempts, and 13 percent to 14 percent are kids getting into products," said Daniel Budnitz, MD. "The other 16 percent are adolescents and adults that generally fall into two groups: the younger adults that are misusing over-the-counter products because they are trying to get better pain control and don't understand the risks, and the older adults that are making some errors using opioid combination products."
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