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Caution urged to prevent accidental poisoning

Many people keep household cleaners under the kitchen or bathroom sink. Take a close look at those cleansers and notice how they could resemble a fruit drink to a child.

Have you noticed how some little red allergy pills or other medications resemble candy?

Those observations are being encouraged this week by health experts who are reminding Southwest Oklahomans that this is National Poison Prevention Week.

From 2011-2015, more than 3,500 Oklahomans died of unintentional poisoning. Seven out of 10 unintentional poisoning deaths involve prescription drugs, and more than four out of five prescription drug-related overdose deaths involve prescription painkillers, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Those prescription pain medications, particular, can be extremely dangerous  especially when there are children in the house, according to Sarah Lambaria, health educator for Comanche County Health Department.

"We want to advocate for people to destroy their medications safely, dispose of any unused or expired medications," Lambaria said. "If you are curious about where you can dispose of those, the police department, the sheriff's department and Walgreens on Sheridan all have drop boxes for disposal of prescription medications."

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