A new study has found that even though codeine syrup has been proven to be dangerous for children, hundreds of thousands of kids are still being prescribed the drug in emergency rooms each year.

The hospital survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that ER doctors prescribed 560,000 to 880,000 prescriptions for codeine to children each year between 2001 and 2010, according to HealthDay.

These numbers continued even after the American Academy of Pediatrics warned repeatedly that prescribing codeine would change a child’s metabolism and turn toxic for kids. The study was published in the journal Pediatrics.


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