Grandparents Urged To Lock Up Medication When Kids Visit

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Many American seniors fail to secure their medications when grandchildren are around, putting kids at risk of accidental poisoning, an alarming new survey finds.

Eighty-four percent of the 1,074 grandparents who responded to the online survey said they keep their medications in the usual spot when grandkids visit — including cupboards or cabinets (61%); countertops and tables (18%); purses or bags (7%); or other locations (15%).

Only 5% said they routinely keep their medications in a locked cupboard or cabinet.

The survey was conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy.