Opioid overdose among children nearly doubles, study says

(CNN) – The number of children admitted to hospitals for opioid overdose has nearly doubled since 2004, according to a new study.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, looked at children between ages 1 and 17 who were admitted to hospitals and pediatric intensive care units with opioid-related diagnoses from 2004 to 2015. Researchers found that the number of children admitted to hospitals for opioid overdose nearly doubled to 1,504 patients between 2012 and 2015, from 797 patients between 2004 and 2007.
The researchers cautioned that many of these children likely overdosed after stumbling upon their parents’ prescription medications.