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"Medidump" project in Weston Creek

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1979 international Year of the Child


P.O. Box 1057, Canberra City, A.C.T. 26

CHAIRMAN: ROLLO MANNING, 81 001.1 (Business) 07 3670 (Ho


JENNIFER HOCKING, 47 6311 (Business)

Children up to the age of five face a serious hazard in medicines

stored unnecessarily at homeĀ·, says the Canberra International Year

of the Child Committee, in supporting the Weston Creek "Medidump"


Figures from other States show the greater proportion of fatalities

from household poisonings occur in the 0 to 5 years age group and that

medicines are the most common source of accidental poisoning in the home.

Storage is the key factor but reducing the amount stored prevents

"enquiring minds" from seeking out dangerous substances.

A recent study in South Australia revealed that on average $30 worth

of unwanted medicine was held in the home. The Weston Creek exercise

should provide more accurate statistics.

The International Year of the Child hoped to make all people aware of the

dangers involved in accidents with children and the "Medidump" project

in Weston Creek was an attempt in this direction.

The International Year of the Child Committee has called on the Capital

Territory Health Commission to provide statistics on the number of

children admitted to hospitals to be treated for accidental poisoning.

For further information, contact Hollo Manning, IYC Committee Chairman

phone 810911 (w).

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