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October 18th, 2011
11:27 AM ET

12 year old finds that 1 in 5 teachers can't distinguish real medicine from candy

More than a half million kids under the age of five go to the emergency room every year for medicine poisoning, a situation that has inspired the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to launch an initiative to combat the growing problem.

Casey Gittelman, a twelve year old student, learned about this problem from her father Mike, an ER doctor who specializes in the issue at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Casey then decided to test teachers and kindergartners to find out who was better at telling the difference between real pills and candy.

Casey found that more than one in four kindergarten children, and one in five teachers, had difficulty distinguishing between medicine and candy. She presented her research yesterday at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in Boston.

Today on American Morning, Casey and her father talk to Ali Velshi about Casey's experiment and explain why it is important to spread the word about keeping medicines out of kids' reach at home.

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