Halloween Candy or Pills: Can You Tell the Difference?

By: Estephany Escobar Email
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- On Halloween, kids will be getting candy, but what if they can't tell the difference between candy and pills?

Sometimes candy and pills look alike, but they don't have the same effect.

Mel Anderson, a pharmacist and owner of MediCap Pharmacy, as well as a member of our First Alert Health Team said when a child eats a pill instead of candy, he or she can end up in the emergency room.

Anderson said many tablets are roughly the same size as candy and are also very colorful.

According to a benchmark study in the Journal of Pediatrics, nearly 87,000 children went to the ER for poisoning in 2004.

59 percent of the cases involved prescription drugs or supplements.

"It's one of the things that when it does happen, it's usually fairly serious and it can be fatal so it's something that it needs to be taken seriously by everyone who takes medication," said Anderson.

If kids find pills, they are likely to take more than one.

"Make sure all your medication is in childproof containers and make sure your medication is out of the reach of small children and even locked away in a safe," said Anderson.

He also said you can also discard your unwanted pills.

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