National Poison Data System shows decline in accidental acetaminophen overdoses

Research cited by the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition (AAC) indicates growing awareness of the safe use of acetaminophen. The group says data released by the National Poison Data System in late 2015 show a steady decline in unintentional exposures of acetaminophen, including dosing errors and accidental misuse, since a high in 2009.

Research cited by the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition (AAC) indicates growing awareness of the safe use of acetaminophen. The group says data released by the National Poison Data System in late 2015 show a steady decline in unintentional exposures of acetaminophen, including dosing errors and accidental misuse, since a high in 2009. The AAC launched the "Know Your Dose" campaign in 2011 to raise awareness of the drug ingredient, which can lead to liver damage if not taken as directed. "As a member of the AAC, it is encouraging and gratifying to see these results, but we know more work is needed to help ensure people take their medicines safely," said Colleen Creighton, director of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation, a founding member of the coalition. "While consumer knowledge is increasing and poison center calls are going down, there are still thousands of calls being made every year regarding unintentional acetaminophen overdose." Creighton also cited a CHPA survey which found that consumer knowledge about how to use acetaminophen safely and awareness of its risks are at all-time highs.