Pharmacists' poison prevention advice to the elderly

John N. Walburn, Blaine E. Benson, Maria Burga

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Up to 36% of childhood ingestions take place in grandparents' homes. We surveyed the 1544 registered pharmacists in the state of Nebraska by a mailed anonymous questionnaire concerning their poison prevention practices with the elderly. Of the 26% respondents, 75% always or usually gave older adults a choice of child-resistant containers but estimated that 65 % chose non-child-resistant containers. Fifty-two percent reported that they asked older adults about children who could possibly ingest medications, and 59% reported that they had poison prevention material available. However, over 50% of pharmacists reported mat they neither actively counseled nor handed out poison prevention material to the elderly, and only 9% reported that they specifically advise older adults about poison prevention. If all pharmacists targeted poison control education to the elderly, childhood poisoning by drugs could be reduced by one-third.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-271
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Toxicology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1991


  • Clinical pharmacy information systems
  • Consumer product safety
  • Poisoning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology


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