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KARA (Kids At Risk Action) tracks monthly news about at risk children bringing attention to our most vulnerable citizens.

KARA’s reporting is a small part of the abuse suffered by children each month –  the great majority of child trauma & abuse is never known.

American states are struggling to find answers for better foster care, trauma informed services, child protection and ending adverse childhood experiences and saving at risk children by reversing the explosive growth of child abuse and neglect.

Today, state ward children are the 4th and 5th generation of abused children raising their own families without parenting skills and with serious drug, alcohol and mental health issues.

37% of children overall and 57% of Black children are reported to child protection services in America by the time they turn 18.

(American Journal of Public Health 1.17)

6 – 12 million children a year are reported to child protection services each year and in many states, 1/3 of foster children are required to take psychotropic medicines

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Dramatic rise in ADHD medication mishaps among kids, report finds

ABC News

Nationwide, more than 156,000 calls were placed to poison control centers for exposure to ADHD drugs among those 19 or younger between 2000 …

New study released on ADHD sheds light on rising calls of medication exposure: Experts stress … – WMBF

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Marilyn Heins: Adults must keep addictive drugs away from kids

Arizona Daily Star

Many of us have called a Poison Control Center when a child or pet ingested, inhaled or fell into a possibly toxic substance. Callers are either given …

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Woman Teacher Held for Sexually Abusing Boy; Drank ‘Poison‘ at His Home to ‘Commit Suicide’


Alleging that the woman had become extremely obsessive about the child, they claimed that she even threatened to consume poison if they stopped …

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FDA warns that benzocaine teething products aren’t safe for children


(CNN) The US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers Wednesday to stop using over-the-counter teething products that contain …

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Islamic State supporter called for Prince George terror attack, court told

BBC News

… and made no distinction between adult and child, between members of fighting forces and civilians. “His suggestions included injecting poison into supermarket ice creams and targeting Prince George at his first school.”.

Isis supporter encouraged terrorists to target Prince George, court told – The Guardian

Internet ‘terrorist urged followers to attack Prince George and inject poison into ICE CREAM’ – The Sun

Prince George terror suspect ‘told supporters to poison supermarket ice creams’ – Metro

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Woman bit by snake, breastfed baby also dies

Times of India

MUZAFFARNAGAR: A 25-yearold woman who was bitten by a snake and unknowingly breastfed poisoned milk to her 2-year-old daughter died along …

Snake bites mother who later breastfeeds baby, both succumb to poison – International Business Times, India Edition

Woman in UP bitten by snake breastfeeds child, both die – Times of India

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Turns out, there’s a scientific reason some children don’t like to share


Children as young as 3 are able to make judgements about who owns an object, according to a study released this week from the University of …

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Self-confessed child killer admits he committed necrophilia


The self-confessed murderer of three-year-old Courtney Pieters admitted on Monday that he killed her with ant poison and committed necrophilia.

Mother of murdered Courtney Pieters breaks down in court – Eyewitness News

Courtney Pieters: Suspect pleads guilty to murder, admits to necrophilia – Eyewitness News

#CourtneyPieters: ‘Sex act’ performed on corpse – Independent Online

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Hurley docs accused of minimizing lead impact in Flint

WNEM Saginaw

“As a public health professional who has advocated for the elimination of childhood lead poisoning for years, I am fascinated by this sudden call to …

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Study: Calls to poison centers in child ADHD drug cases up 64 percent

May 21 (UPI) — Child exposure to ADHD drugs is increasing in the United States — marked by a jump of more than 60 percent over a 14-year period, …

Unnecessary and accidental use of ADHD drugs on the rise, study finds – Chicago Tribune

US poison control centers receive 29 calls per day about children exposed to ADHD medications – EurekAlert (press release)

As ADHD Diagnoses Increased, So Did Calls to Poison Control – U.S. News & World Report

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Passing Down Poison: Grandchildren of contaminated veterans showing birth defects


HOLIDAY, Fla. (WFLA) – Birth defects and heart problems are showing up not only in the children, but the grandchildren of veterans who served in …

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Woman gets 25 years for trying to poison her infant niece


Authorities say the woman tried to poison her niece in January 2017 because she was angry that her … Doctors found the baby wasn’t poisoned.

Indiana woman gets 25 years for trying to poison her infant niece – WKYT

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Protecting our children from e-cigarettes

Corpus Christi Caller-Times

According to Dr. Sharilyn Stanley, coordinator of the Texas Poison Control Program, “E-cigarettes are enticing to children, due to their candy-like …

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Woman gets 25 years for trying to poison infant niece

The Herald

Authorities say the Fort Wayne woman tried to poison her niece in January 2017 because she was angry … Doctors found the baby wasn’t poisoned.

Indiana woman sentenced to 25 years for trying to poison her infant niece – WTTV CBS4Indy

Indiana woman who tried to poison niece by putting painkillers in milk gets 25 years – Fox 59

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Rental enforcement lags in Detroit’s lead hot spots

The Detroit News

While the state’s worst child lead poisoning problem deepened in Detroit, the city’s rental inspectors focused ticketing of landlords for lead paint …

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Court ruling allowing gambling will poison sports and values it teaches, says Bradley

These are casino operators, they got what they wanted, they’ll make money on it and meanwhile the effect on your child and your neighbor’s child and …

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Police arrest 18-month-old girl


… the suspect, Princess Gokay, by Mrs Akpene Gokay of an attempt by the 18-month child to allegedly poison her five-year-old son, Kwabla Gokay.

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18-month-old girl arrested for attempting to poison

The girl, Princess Gokay was arrested and detained for attempting to give poison the boy who is sick and bed-ridden. The one-and-half-year old girl is …

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Dangerous Doughnuts: Virginia Woman Tells Police Her Husband Tried to Poison Their Family

NBC4 Washington

They may look delicious, but beware. A woman told police her estranged husband tried to poison her and her children with a box of tainted doughnuts.

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Virginia man ‘tried to poison his estranged wife and kids with DONUTS’ containing toxic substance …

Daily Mail

Gulam Nabizadah, 54, is being investigated by police in Fairfax County after one of his children found a potentially fatal substance inside a donut; The …

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What’s Going Around: poison ivy, pink eye, allergies


“Wash your child’s face after coming inside or have them bathe to get the … While this is a good mantra to follow, poison ivy isn’t always obvious.

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June ‘Poison Pill’ Ballot Duel Looks Good For Office Space Landlords

SF Weekly

June ‘Poison Pill’ Ballot Duel Looks Good For Office Space Landlords … increase on commercial property owners would pay for universal child care, …

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FDA sends warning to vape juice makers to change misleading lables KTHV

“It does not take much to even kill a child,” said Nicole Ward, a tobacco … According to the Pediatrics study, the rate of nicotine poisoning in kids was …

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FDA warns more companies to stop misleading kids with e-liquids that resemble kid-friendly foods …

“Companies putting children at risk or enticing youth use are on notice. If you target kids, … of National Poison Data System data. Severe harm can …

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Should Controlled Substances Be Placed in Unit Dose Packaging for Child Safety?

Pharmacy Times

Should all controlled substances be UDP for poison prevention in children? That seems to be the question being raised by some in the media and …

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Trump Administration Maneuvers For Congress To Ax Previously Enacted Child Health Spending


The Trump Administration is slyly maneuvering to bring a little-known legislative ax to roll back children’s health spending that Congress previously …

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SLIDESHOW: Venomous snakes of Alabama


If you or your child has been bitten by a snake and you’re not certain if it’s … You can call 911 or the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

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Citing dangers to children, FDA, FTC crack down on vaping liquids

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Between 2012 and 2017, the National Poison Data System received 8,269 calls related to liquid nicotine exposure in children younger than 6, mostly …

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Health Check Kids: Accidental poisoning

Turn to 10

Every 9 minutes, a child under the age of six has to be rushed to the hospital because of an accidental poisoning. This, according to a new report by …

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Liquid nicotine is a poison, so why is it being packaged like junk food?

The Verge

But kids can be exposed to dangerous doses by eating tobacco products like cigarettes, cigarette butts, and e-cig liquids, the National Poison Control …

FDA warns over liquid nicotine in ‘kid-friendly’ packaging –

This isn’t a juice box or a can of whipped topping; vape liquid appeals to kids – Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Feds Target ‘Kid-Friendly’ Nicotine E-Liquids That Look Like Goodies – MediaPost Communications

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1 in 7 Highland Park kids lead poisoned

The Detroit News

This story has been updated to include a new statement from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. One in seven children in …

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Ways to make Philadelphia district schools healthier

Philadelphia children are at particularly high risk for lead poisoning because more than 92 percent of the city’s homes were built before 1978, the year …

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Not So Child-Proof: Report Shows Thousands Of Children Annually End Up In The ER After Getting …

CBS Pittsburgh / KDKA

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A new report shows that thousands of children each year … Not surprising for the people who work at poison control centers.

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New study shows an increase in young children getting sick from liquid nicotine


Since then, American poison centers have seen an increase in child poisoning cases. In Omaha, the Nebraska Regional Poison Center has gotten its …

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Federal regulators warn that kids duped by packaging are drinking liquid nicotine

Springfield News-Leader

The Missouri Poison Center calculated that eight Greene County children under age 6 encountered liquid nicotine in 2017. Nine St. Louis County …

These Vape Juices Look Just Like Candy And The FDA Is Not Happy About It – BuzzFeed News

FDA and FTC Issue 13 Warning Letters to E-liquid Companies for Misleadingly Marketing to Youth … – Lexology

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Ask Angie’s List: How should I baby-proof or child-proof my home?

Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)

HOW CAN I PROTECT MY SMALL CHILD AGAINST POISONING? … Keep your state or local poison control center’s phone number close at hand, …

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Health expert says e-cig liquid still a danger to young children


INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A local health expert has a warning about the dangers of nicotine poisoning in kids. He said they have gotten calls into the …

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FDA: E-cigs leading to poison help calls for kids as products look like juice boxes, candy

WYFF Greenville

More calls to poison control centers and visits to emergency room have occurred as companies are being warned about marketing products related to e-cigarettes toward children. “Nicotine is highly toxic,” acting FTC Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen said in a statement. “(Marketing) methods that put …

Do You Vape? See These Tips on How to Keep E-Liquids Away from Children –

FDA, FTC take action against companies misleading kids with e-liquids that resemble children’s –

Kids Are Drinking E-Cigarette Liquid, & Here’s What You Need To Know – Romper

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Kerala woman accused of poisoning parents, daughter in small doses over months, arrested

The News Minute

They were all residents of Padannakkara in Pinarayi. Following the deaths, a relative who suspected foul play filed a complaint, and the body of the child was exhumed after rat poison was found in the viscera of her parents. A post-mortem on the child’s body was carried out by Pariyaram medical college …

Kerala woman allegedly killed parents, child for objecting to ‘lifestyle’ – Khaleej Times

Kerala shocker! Pinarayi woman allegedly poisoned parents, daughter over four months – Financial Express

Dream of a new life: Why Pinarayi woman killed her child, parents – Onmanorama

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Playing It Safe and Poisons

Children under the age of 6 account for almost half of all poison exposures, and teens continue to abuse household items. … Parents or guardians should call 1-800-222-1222 or text POISON to 797979 if the child is stable or show no symptoms or call 911 if the child is exhibiting severe symptoms of …

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Number of kids accidentally ingesting liquid nicotine on the rise


Each year, the state’s poison center gets about 100 calls for liquid nicotine ingestion. About half of the calls are for kids. Dr. Blake Froberg, a medical toxicologist with Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, said the majority of the kids accidentally drinking liquid nicotine are under the age of six. “You can …

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How to take advantage of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 28

In 2016, there were more than 1.6 million reports of unintentional exposures, 69 percent of them involved children less than 13-years-old, according to American Association of Poison Control Centers. In addition, there were over 200,000 intentional exposures to medications, which includes reasons …

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Pinarayi mass murder case cracked: Woman had poisoned kid, parents


The murders were considered as natural deaths earlier. Soumya was questioned after striking similarities were found between all the deaths. Poison was detected in the bodies of the parents. The police had recently exhumed the body of the child who died in January to conduct post-mortem, following a …

Kerala woman confesses to poisoning parents, daughter – The Quint

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CPSC enforcement of Poison Prevention Packaging standards: a recent action – the first of many?


This prompted Congress to enact the Poison Prevention Packaging Act in 1970. The PPPA authorizes the CPSC to establish child-resistant packaging standards for “household substances.” The PPPA’s special packaging standards cover a wide variety of products, ranging from over-the-counter and …

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Lana Del Rey, Desmond Child and Portugal. The Man receive honors at annual ASCAP Pop Music …

Los Angeles Times

Lana Del Rey, Desmond Child and Portugal. … The ASCAP Pop Music Awards (ASCAP is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) presented the Founders Award to Child; the Vanguard … The Man sang its hit, “Feel It Still,” and in honor of Child, Cooper sang their hit, “Poison.” …

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Mesa girl fighting for life after eating salad possibly contaminated with E. coli


Destiny Jarboe is shocked to learn her 7-year-old daughter Makayla is fighting for her life. Jarboe said Cardon Children Medical Center in Mesa diagnosed Makayla with an E. coli infection. She explained doctors told her it’s possible she might have gotten sick after eating a mixed greens salad at a …

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Soumya’s estranged hubby a suspect in the 2012 death of child


Soumya revealed to the police that Kishore forced her to consume rat poison as he was suspicious of the paternity of the child who was born after the two separated. Kishore asked her to take an ‘innocence test’ by drinking water mixed with rat poison and compelled her to do so. Soumya fell ill after …

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EXCLUSIVE: ACS rolling out plan to curb psych meds like Prozac, Adderall for foster kids

New York Daily News

Fewer city foster kids will take psychiatric drugs like Prozac and Adderall under a new policy to be rolled out this week by the Administration for …


Kids At Risk Action Demonstrates how Trauma Impacts Children and how Traumatized Children

PR Web (press release)

All the Prozac in the world will not fix children broken by trauma and abuse. America put 20,000 one and two-year-olds on Prozac like drugs in 2014, …

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Psychiatric diagnosis common in medicaid-insured children

Medical Xpress

(HealthDay)—About 20 percent of Medicaid-insured children receive a psychiatric diagnosis by age 8 years, according to a study published online …

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Too often, poverty is treated with pills

The Economist

Children whose parents are eligible for Medicaid are much more likely to be prescribed … When it comes to psychotropic drugs, the opposite is true.

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Drugging Our Kids: Big drop in drugged foster kids in California

The Mercury News

Former foster youth Tisha Ortiz, 23, testifies on Monday, April 11, 2016, at the California state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., during a hearing on Senate Bill 1174. The bill strengthened the power of the California Medical Board to identify and investigate high prescribers of psychotropic medications given …

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Use of psychiatric drugs in foster care system is dropping

Daily Democrat

Dr. Michael Barnett, a psychiatrist who has treated foster youth at group homes, says recent law changes have discouraged doctors from using antipsychotic drugs. But though well-intended, he said it makes it harder to help kids whose problems make them a danger to themselves and others.

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