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Malicious Adults Use Drugs to Abuse Kids

MSNBC. - Parents and caregivers who slip young, healthy children doses of common drugs — including painkillers, sedatives and laxatives — are fueling a dangerous but hidden form of child abuse, new research finds.

About 160 kids are hurt in the United States each year — and at least two die — after being forced to ingest antidepressants, cough and cold medicines, even drugs to treat high blood pressure. Many are given alcohol, marijuana or cocaine, according to the first large-scale study of the issue published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

"We believe that the malicious use of pharmaceuticals may be an under-recognized form and or component of child maltreatment," said Dr. Shan Yin, who led the study conducted at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver.

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