The cause of these poisonings has shifted over the past decade. Prescription drug-related poisonings now lead to more deaths and emergency department visits than illegal drugs.
Just a small amount of liquid nicotine can be deadly to a child. Poisoning can happen in two ways: when the liquid is swallowed or when it is absorbed through the skin.
Almost two thirds of households in the US own a pet and many of these households have children. Many parents may not be aware of the risks these medications can pose to their families.