Is COVID-19 Increasing the Rate of Accidental Drug Ingestion in Young Children?

The rates of young children accidentally ingesting illicit substances has been on the rise in recent years. This is in part due to increased opioid use and a broadening of states permitting legal cannabis. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home orders came into play, Natalie Laub, MD, a child abuse pediatrician at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and an assistant clinical professor at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, noticed added stress on this troubling trend.

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