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Children Overdose Concerns

Updated: Tuesday, December 31 2013, 02:25 PM EST
Each year, thousands of children are rushed to emergency rooms after swallowing potentially toxic doses of medication.

In more cases, there's no lasting harm to the children, but about 1 in 5 are hospitalized for further evaluation. 

The CDC say around 20 children die each year from such accidents.

In an effort to prevent such overdoses, one epidemiologist and father created a type of safety valve called a flow restrictor.  The plastic device fits into the neck of a medicine bottle and slows the release of fluids.

However, the device hasn't made it on all medicines thanks to industry cost concerns and inaction by federal regulators.

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