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Journal Article

National trends in hospitalizations for opioid poisonings among children and adolescents, 1997 to 2012.

Gaither JR, Leventhal JM, Ryan SA, et al. JAMA Peds. 2016;170(12):1195-1201.

Despite recent policy efforts, opioid overdose remains a serious patient safety issue in the United States. Researchers found that between 1997 and 2012, hospitalizations for opioid poisoning among pediatric patients nearly doubled. Children are particularly vulnerable to risks associated with opioids, and the authors suggest that pediatric-specific recommendations for opioid prescribing are needed.