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23 July 2010

Booze and meds for kids=child abuse

The malicious use of alcohol and medicines is an under-recognised form of child abuse, according to a new report.

The malicious use of alcohol and medicines is an under-recognised form of child abuse, according to a new report.

The review included over 1 400 cases, and nearly 14% led to moderate or major consequences for children, including death. In about half of the cases, children were given at least one sedative. On average, 160 cases of pharmaceutical abuse, including two deaths, were reported each year.

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