Childhood accidental liquid nicotine overdoses can be prevented, how NAGE EMS can support S. 2881
Poisonings and overdoses are just part of the job for EMS. And as any EMS Professional will tell you that child overdoses are far too common. That’s why some Connecticut based NAGE IAEP Division locals are supporting new federal legislation (S. 2881 (2014)) aimed to require child safety methods for storage containers on vapor and liquid nicotine products.
Vapor or E-cigarette devices are becoming very popular among smokers. Many of those devices require a liquid form of nicotine to be used. However there is no standard packaging for vials and containers of liquid nicotine. Children, especially young children are at high risk of overdose because the containers of liquid nicotine generally do not have child safety caps, locks, or devices. Potentially toxic exposures from e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine have risen nearly eight-fold, from 271 in 2011 to 2,313 so far this year, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
“Manufacturers of liquid nicotine should follow the lead of aspirin and drain cleaners, which are packaged in child-resistant bottles” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D) Connecticut said regarding the legislation. “This kind of public health measure makes perfect common sense.”
On behalf of Connecticut NAGE / IAEP locals, this item has been placed in the NAGE EMS Member Action Center so that members and other NAGE divisions and locals can learn and take action on this important issue. As EMS providers, you are on the front lines of this issue and your input can help shape this issue as it progresses through the legislative process. Go to the NAGE EMS Member Action Center for more information.