Children Rushed to the Hospital Over Medicine Poisoning

Child resistant caps are not keeping dangerous pills out of the hands of children.
2:16 | 04/25/13

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that warning for parents and grandparents tonight, a new report revealing a stunning number. Nearly 70,000 children rushed to 9 hospital, some of their eat their parents medicine every year. Watch what our cameras capture. Here's abc's paula faris. Reporter: It happens every minute of every day. Poison center, can I help you? Yes, my daughter just bit into a rozerem. Reporter: Children taking dangerous medicine they shouldn't. Wipe out the inside of her mouth and get as many pill fragments. It is very easy for kids to get into bottles. And child-resistant is not a total deterrent. Reporter: Watch this. I just opened it. Reporter: With their parents permissions, we gave six kids, ages three through six, bottles that are supposed to be child resistant to see how hard they are to open. Before we even say "go," the youngest of the bunch needs only six seconds to pop open a pain prescription bottle. The other three-year-olds had more trouble. But the kindergarteners proceed to open every single bottle -- I just opened it. Reporter: -- In a seven minute period. Oh, I just opened it. Reporter: So why is it so simple? Turns out even the government agency in charge of pill package safety, the cpsc, say there's no such thing as child-proof bottles. Child-resistant means the vast majority of kids under five shouldn't be able to open a bottle in less than five minutes. The mothers, watching from just a few feet away. That was scary. Totally surprising and what was most surprising was how quickly he did it. Reporter:O EXPERTS STRESS, You are the last line of defense. We have a responsibility as parents, and that responsibility is, when you're using a product that can be harmful to your dhild, keep it out of their reach. Reporter: But our pint-sized experts have the best advice of all. What are you going to do when you see one of these at home? Don't open it or you are going to get sick. Reporter: Very good, olivia. The cpsc admits some kids will be able to open those bottles, but there has to be a balance because seniors need to be able to access their medicine as well.

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