Methamphetamine Exposure Presenting as Caustic Ingestions in Children

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Abstract

With the growing prevalence of methamphetamine use and production in home laboratories, children are at risk for injuries resulting from living in a drug-endangered environment. Although the ingestion of household cleaners is usually accidental and not a result of illicit drug use or production, medical providers must be aware of the chemicals associated with methamphetamine and illicit drug production to identify patients harmed in this environment. We present the first reported cases of children harmed by ingesting caustic substances used in the production of methamphetamine in the home.

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