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Emergency department visits for medication overdoses, children, 2007–08 and 2009–10

Decrease desired

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SOURCES: National Electronic Injury Surveillance System—Cooperative Adverse Drug Event Surveillance Project (NEISS-CADES), CDC/NCEZID, CPSC, and FDA; Current Population Survey (CPS), Department of Commerce/Census Bureau and DOL/BLS.
NOTE: Data are for emergency department visits for medication overdoses per 10,000 children under age 5 years.
I = 95% confidence interval.

The rate of emergency department visits for medication overdoses among children under age 5 years increased 9.8% from 2007–08 to 2009–10, from 32.7 to 35.9 visits per 10,000 children; however, this change was not statistically significant. In 2009–10, the rate of emergency department visits for medication overdoses among females under age 5 years was 35.5 per 10,000, compared with 36.2 per 10,000 for males under age 5 years; however, this difference was not statistically significant.

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